My first article on mindbodygreen is up! And I am happy but also a teensy bit miffed because it has been edited a lot (mostly to shorten it – I guess I understand…sigh) and I’m not sure how I feel about the images….on a (mostly) unrelated note, I wonder what will happen if I google “beautiful woman with acne”?
I am feeling a little burned out talking about acne acne acne acne. I want to talk about broadening our perception of beauty and deepening our relationship with ourselves. I want to talk about roots, hearts and seeds – the deep, dark places where things begin. I want the causes, not the symptoms. I want only the seminal, and nothing else. What is real beauty?
Because when life begins to feel like too much, too tiring (as I feel now…. Shaking my first at you, Aunt Flo!), then there is only one thing to do – start letting things go. And it is easier to do this if you already know what is important to keep and what is not. If you have done the work of winnowing down all the things that are to the very few that actually matter.
Does legacy matter? This is something I think about a lot as I try to do my work in the basically non-existant niche of luxury natural skincare for acne. I think about the work I want to do, the world I want to create, the body of creation I want to leave behind.
And then I remember that legacy is nothing more than love. In the famous words of Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
That the most important legacy I can leave is an example of how to live in love with yourself and with this life. It isn’t about your skin, it really isn’t. It’s about how gracefully, how fully, you are able to accept this gift of divine life.
Here is a powerful truth: It doesn’t matter if your face is absolutely exploding with zits.
If you walk into a room and your head is held high, and there is a powerful energy around you that has been perfectly harnessed, and is glistening and poised, and if in your eyes and in your smile people see divine light, and if in your movements and in your approach people see joy and confidence, and if your entire body says ” I am happy. I am home. I know myself.” then.
Then your skin makes you even MORE beautiful. Then EVERYTHING about you makes you even more beautiful.
Our flaws are nothing but foils to our splendor.
PS Just googled “beautiful woman with acne” Here you go: