Editor’s Note: Because I know that many women struggle with developing their inner beauty, I wanted to revisit this post I shared a few years ago. Hopefully it will remind you to take time each day for self care and focus on what is most important to you.
Part of my mission with this blog is to help people realize that you cannot have outer beauty without taking care of your inner self. And part of taking care of your inner self means nurturing your body, mind, and soul. Your inner body, mind, and soul is what I consider to be your “inner beauty“.
I recently found out about Marlise Karlin, a woman whose mission it is to help people by experiencing The Simplicity of Stillness.
Marlise offers five tips that are invaluable in making the journey of life more enjoyable, balanced, and beautiful.
#1: Breathe Into the Moment
In the midst of a busy day, take a few moments to find stillness. Slow your pace, breathe deep, and refocus your attention away from the mind-chatter. Instead, reflect on what is most meaningful to you in life, and carry those inspirational thoughts with you throughout your day.
#2: Take Inspired Action
Being in constant reaction mode will leave you feeling exhausted & unfulfilled. After taking a moment of reflection and stillness, follow through with the necessary steps to achieve the goals you set forth for the day. If a disruption occurs, acknowledge it and look for a solution, rather than allowing it to derail you. Notice how your new focus helps you to stay on track with greater ease.
#3: Water Your Garden
Truly acknowledge the people in your life for the value they bring to you and the world. As with a garden, relationships need to be nurtured and appreciated. With even a sprinkling, the relationship will bloom – and the beauty of what is given will return to you tenfold.
#4 Be Aware of Your Attitude
Notice how you feel and how you radiate those feelings outward. If you have a positive attitude, people will not only gravitate to you, but it might even help change the attitude of others from negative to positive. If you are projecting love, generosity and hope, others may follow your lead. Realize how what you give comes back to you!
#5 Make Choices
Acknowledge that you have the ability to make choices that will keep you moving forward toward your overall vision, rather than letting other people, or life’s circumstances distract you from staying focused on what matters most. Choose what moves you toward your goals that give you the greatest rewards – inside and out.
My favorite tip is #4 because I truly believe that your attitude towards life reflects from the inside to the outside. When you come from a place of love and non-judgement, this makes you so much more beautiful than all the makeup and clothing you wear.
Visit Marlise Karlin’s website: www.marlisekarlin.com