Monthly Archives: July 2016

Feel Beautiful and Celebrate Ourselves

Our culture, around the world, puts so much pressure on us to look good, to stay young, and to stay beautiful. Why? How does this impact us? There are many reasons why. One, from more of an evolutionary stance, is that being beautiful encourages people to procreate. Women who are younger are, of course, more able to have children so youth is seen as something that is desirable; this is natural and helps us have procreate around the world. If we had evolved in such a way to find elderly people to be attractive then we wouldn’t have as many babies and genes wouldn’t be passed on. While this may seem rather scientific and cold, it does have a very evolutionary, genetic aspect to it. It helps us make babies and keep generations going. You could almost say that beauty is in the genes.

But perhaps a far more powerful force that generates what we consider beautiful and affects us is the media. The media is constantly telling us what’s beautiful and what’s attractive because there’s a benefit to that. If we love who we are and don’t see a need to change to improve ourselves then no companies can make money on selling products that improve people. So there’s a sense that “hey, we have to make people feel like there’s a sense that they need to change themselves and make themselves more beautiful so that we can make money.” Again, this may seem cold but it has a very monetary benefit to our culture. It helps us create products so that we can change and look “more beautiful.” So in a sense we could say that we are being brain-washed. We’re being brain-washed as to what beautiful is and it constantly changes, so in that way we are continuously on the move to improve ourselves. We’re never satisfied with who we are; we have to change, stay young and if we are young we have to look differently than we are. That is what keeps the economic wheels turning.

So can we or do we need do anything about this? The answer is “yes.” Yes we should do something about this and yes we can do something about this. So first, why should we do anything about this? Why not just buy into everything we’re told, make changes, and keep improving ourselves to stay young and stay beautiful? Mostly we should do something about this because it’s hard on us. It’s not wrong or inappropriate to make changes to improve ourselves, it’s actually good to do that; but when there’s a sense of constant “deficit” that we tell ourselves “there’s something wrong with me” then changes need to occur. It’s better, far better, to say “Hey, this is the way I am. This is the way God created me, however, can I enhance it or can I make it better?” It’s a lot like a farmer who has a field and there are wild berries there and he can find wild animals to hunt and gather; or he can get domesticated animals and he can till that land and make it even more productive. It’s kind of like that; it’s a choice, we still love the beauty of the wildness but we can choose to improve ourselves.

For a moment, let’s imagine our beauty is an open field. Something that in and of itself is truly beautiful, it’s a gift from God; it’s something we can celebrate and be excited about. However, we may want to change and make some improvements; or we may not, it’s just a choice, either one is fine. If we take it in a way that, “Yes, my hair is graying a bit. I think I’ll color my hair and not let the gray come out” it’s okay; or we can say “Yes, my hair is graying but I’m just going to accept it. I don’t mind the graying” then that’s okay too. But do you see the gentleness there? We’re kind about our looks. We can change them but we can also love them and keep them the same. We can be excited about change and we can be excited about growing old and aging; both can be fine but if we don’t accept what we have, even after the improvements, we are going to be unhappy. I think that’s where we need to be careful about media and advertisements. They really play on us being unhappy with what is. Health is about accepting what is and ultimately loving what is.

Beauty is something that we can change, we can improve upon, and we can accept. But to be happy, to have a good life we need to love what we have and/or love the improvements we make with what we have. If every time we look in the mirror we are self-critical, we attack ourselves and say things like, “That’s ugly. That’s unattractive. Those wrinkles are just disgusting” then we’re going to suffer. Instead, if we say “Hey, that’s a beautiful person there. I love that person and I’m going to make some changes and make that person even more beautiful but it’s a beautiful person even when it gets out of bed first thing in the morning.” That’s hard to do and that’s why meditation can help us improve this.

Let’s work towards improving the way we feel about ourselves because the main person who suffers when we are self-critical about the way we look is us; we suffer. The key to change is to start by being aware of what we are thinking in our head all day long. If we are noticing that we are being self-critical all day long about the way we look then we’re not going to feel good inside. There’s going to be a slow, progressive, self-loathing there. Since we all age, there’s no way we can keep up with the most beautiful people in the world, it’s impossible. So instead of comparing and contrasting, by just loving ourselves we are going to be happy.

For example we may go to an art gallery and see some beautiful Monet Lilies and fall in love with them, finding them utterly beautiful; then we can go to another part of the gallery and see a Michelangelo sculpture and say, “Oh my goodness that is so beautiful!” So the key is to celebrate everything and see it as beautiful. If we don’t judge ourselves and, equally important, if we are not judging other people, then life will go better; because the negative self-talk that we hear in our head is hard on us. The ultimate goal is to quiet your mind and not to judge, not to criticize; just to be with and enjoy all the wonders of life. Celebrate the different shapes, sizes, and looks of everyone around us and life goes so much better.

When I met my wife and began dating her she introduced me to one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my life. Her name was Vy and it was my wife’s grandmother. She was almost 90 years old and she was short, overweight, and yet she had an indomitable beautiful spirit that just made her glow with a beauty and radiance beyond description. Our actions often make us far more beautiful than the external looks that we have. But the most important person in the world that’s going to help us to feel beautiful inside and out is ourselves. Even if the whole world thinks we are very attractive, if we don’t think so ourselves, then it won’t make any difference. But the reverse is true also. If we celebrate who we are and love who we are, even as we age, we will feel attractive, we will feel beautiful no matter what the world says. So it’s important to pay attention to our thoughts and that’s the beauty of meditation; it helps us to be aware of what we are thinking. Once we are aware of what we are thinking, we can then change what we are thinking. So let’s pay attention to our thoughts. Let’s work on loving who we are, finding ourselves beautiful inside and out, and then love us around us too.

Natural Beauty

The media paints pictures that absorb into our minds faster and more secretly than anything else. This is especially true when considering minority groups, and is true when considering the physical image of the blind. As blind people live in a sighted world, it’s extremely important that all blind people know how to make natural beauty and fashion a part of their everyday lives. When a blind person gets up in the morning, he/she takes a shower and shaves just like anyone else. Then comes clothing, a little hair styling, some make-up, some shoes, a coat, a cane, maybe some shades, and it’s out the door! So, what rules should blind people follow so that they always look their best?

Is it absolutely important to obey all of the rules of fashion? No, it isn’t. The idea of natural beauty for anyone is to dress in such a way that feels good. It really doesn’t matter if it’s this year’s or last year’s fashion that achieves this goal. The point is that, just like for anyone, a blind person’s dress appeals to the situation at hand. In any case, it’s of absolute importance to make absolutely sure that clothes are clean and cared for. The reality is that the sighted expect the blind to look a little disheveled. It’s not, unless it’s for a particular look, advisable for blind people to wear clothing with holes or missing buttons. If the blind person chooses to wear sunglasses, choose a style that fits the shape and frame of the face and hair. The lenses must be clean and without major scratching. Finally, be aware of whether or not glasses are bent or crooked upon the face. As there are alternative techniques for doing things without sight, this is true for maintaining clothing.

Accessibility is no problem in considering fashion. For example, Brailled clothing tags make it easy to determine the color of clothing. There are several ways to keep socks with their mates for proper matching, and safety pins can be pinned through stains in clothing for later treatment and washing. Technologies such as color identifiers are available from specialized retailers to make fashions a little more accessible, especially when out shopping. The services of a sighted reader are helpful for determining sizes on tags, colors, patterns, and whether or not the item actually looks good with the individual and what he/she is trying to accomplish. Make-up is easily applied to the face by touch, and it never hurts to consult with a cosmetician to insure that proper colors are chosen for one’s complexion. Consulting sighted friends is a good way to see that one is aware of the fashions of the day, and the help of other blind people is useful to learn techniques specific to blind people.

Natural beauty isn’t just for the sighted. The blind need to be equally aware of aesthetics and how they can work with each individual. It doesn’t require an inordinate amount of time to put it all together. Even so, it’s important to assure that the sighted take the blind seriously, and proper appearance is a great start to get there.

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How To Age Gracefully Healthily, Beautifully

There are a variety of simple things we can do to age gracefully, beautifully and healthily. We can choose to eat a healthy diet, include protein in every meal. We can stimulate our senses; indulge in the sensuous odor of lavender for instance.

We can choose to attain a healthy weight loss if we are overweight. Study the issues that effect women’s health.

Practice natural skin care. One of the biggest issues is dry skin. Learn how to smother your skin with natural anti-aging vitamins and anti aging cosmetics. Don’t just smear the cheapest available creams and cosmetics on your face.

Learn how to be stress free. Or, at least learn how to control stress. And be happy. Happiness is not a gift; it is not a given talent. Happiness needs to be pursued. Go after it; make it your own. Grab it! Seriously, you can choose to be happy. It is your ability to do this. And, you will live longer and healthier.

There are common agers: insulin, cortisol and human growth hormone.

Dr Barry Sears has written much about these hormones and how you can control them naturally. Check out his books from the library. He is an expert in the hormone field.

Free Radical Damage.
Free radicals are molecules that destabilize oxygen. The can enter the body by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even our own bodies creates them. They attach to our cells and they do to our cells what the air does to a peeled fruit that we see turned brown.

And let’s face it. Life itself will have its toll on us.

So, let’s counteract these agers. Let’s fight back.
First, make health, fitness your daily objectives. Eat a healthy diet. You do not have to go overboard, just be in control. Omega 3 is a known anti aging natural supplement. It is also great for “heart health.”

Manage your stress.
Walk more! Take baths in sensuous smells. Drink green tea. And, do not be stingy with protein. Just make sure it is not high fat protein. Try many of the new soy products available. If you can afford it, go for a massage every now and then.

Make sure you get enough vitamin B6 and B12. Lavender is known to be an anti stress herb. And, it has a terrific smell.

Exercise is so important. Fitness! The more fit, the less stress, the less aging will have its effect on us.

Sleep! Make sure you get enough sleep. This is so important. Not just in bed at a good time, but strive for a fitful sleep.

Take the time to make yourself a plan, a system if you will. Map out your plans for:

Healthy Diet

Exercise and Fitness

Vitamin Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Anti Stress

Drink your 8 glasses of water day

See your doctor regularly

Try and control your numbers naturally, like blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and thyroid. If you can’t, then do research on the drugs that are available and also the natural remedies that are available. Take control; be involved in your health care starting right now. The best you can do for yourself is to know enough to understand what your doctor will be discussing with you.

Be Natural Beautiful and Healthy

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Beauty products inspire us to think we can find a magical solution in bottle. The reality is, what we are really finding is chemicals and toxins which often hurt our health and our appearance. There is a way to have a natural glow, along with a beautiful and healthy body.

Treat your body well. For starters, give it lots to drink. Our bodies are made up of almost 70% water which needs to be replenished throughout the day. Therefore, we should be drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each and every day. Sipping water instead of soda or sweetened beverages is better for your body, your teeth and your complexion.

Keeping yourself hydrated prevents dry skin and hair as well. Along with water, you can also try including more water dense foods into your diet. Nibble on fruits such as watermelon, grapes or kiwi fruit. These foods will help keep you hydrated, plus you’ll get the added value of vitamins, minerals, proteins and other things your body needs to function and look good.

When it comes to diet, keep it rounded. Your body needs variety for both the inside and outside. Some people avoid protein for fear it will increase their weight. But protein is essential to grow strong hair and nails. Adding a good selection of breads, meats, vegetables and fruits to your diet will keep you looking and feeling your best.

If you really want to lose some weight, try a little exercise. Even if you are already slim, some physical activity gets your heart pumping, adding some colour to your cheeks and tone to your muscles. Adding exercise to your daily life is really quite simple. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. At the supermarket or mall, park on the outer perimeter and walk across the parking lot. Plant a garden, mend a fence or rake the leaves. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to burn off fat and get your blood racing.

Finally, don’t skimp on sleep. Your body needs at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to look and feel best. That means don’t fall asleep with the television on, as this usually causes a person to semi-wake several times during the night. Get the rest you need and you’ll never see morning-after bags under your eyes. Plus, your body will be energized and ready to take on the day.

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Beauty and Purity

The market share of organic beauty products have increased drastically over the last couple of years. New organic cosmetic brands are entering the market and some established cosmetic brands are starting to launch organic products as part of their offering. Consumers are more informed and they are starting to make decisions based on what is good for their health and the environment.

Deciding on the best organic cosmetic product to buy can be a daunting task and it is important to look at the approach, ethics, vision and background of an organic beauty product brand when comparing products. In this article we will be taking a closer look at the La Claree cosmetic brand.

The Claree River winds it way through an unspoiled and peaceful valley in France with snow capped mountains in the background. The beauty of this valley, with the Cleree river as the central point, is the inspiration behind the popular and well know La Claree brand of organic skin care products. Purity, beauty and ethics form the foundation of the La Claree brand and they have been able to create a range of beautiful skin care products that have become very popular with consumers of organic beauty products. None of the products or ingredients used is tested on animals and all of the suppliers of ingredients that are used in the products have to comply with strict quality standards.

La Claree is a member of the “For the Planet” organization and they contribute 1 percent of their yearly sales to the preservation of the natural environment. All of the products have been certified by Ecocert and are guaranteed to be free from petrochemicals, coloring, synthetic fragrances, GMO and parabens. The materials that are used for the packaging and promotional items are manufactured from recycled or recyclable materials to ensure that any impact on the environment is limited. The wood that is used to manufacture all of the paper required by La Claree is sourced from forests that is managed in a sustainable manner and that carries the Eco-label.

La Claree guarantees the quality and traceability of the raw ingredients used in the manufacturing processes of their range of products. Ingredients are sourced from suppliers that can prove that they employ ethical production methods that are focused on sustainability, bio-diversity and the protection of natural areas.

It is refreshing to find a company that believes in transparency, investing in sustainable agriculture, commitment to the environment and with strong ethics. La Claree is the real deal and their products are certified by Ecocert as safe to use and free of dangerous chemicals. Consumers can purchase any of the organic skin care products that are manufactured by La Claree without having to be concerned about the origins of the ingredients that are used. As consumers we have the ability to vote with our buying power and it is important that we support companies that are committed to creating a better future for humankind.