With age our physical beauty and body naturally look older, we acquire wrinkles, sagging skin, false teeth (although they can look beautiful), and in general gravity is starting to claim the physical body until it is horizontal and does not move anymore. Yet, on the other hand our inner energetic beauty has the potential to grow and shine the older we get.
If you would have felt what was looking out of my eyes you would have seen a withdrawn, at times depressed and hurt being, lacking self-worth and especially self-love, which for years I covered up with a few (or more) daily drinks or other drugs.
Enter a cancer diagnosis in my late forties or early fifties and my whole life changed, or rather I changed every area of my life and my way of living. It was a huge wake up call. No more alcohol or drugs and a new found love of myself.
There was a lot to learn about feeling, healing and letting go and embracing a totally different way to live my life, and especially embracing myself. And since then, over the last 18 years, as I grow older, now being 67, and despite wrinkles and age spots, I have become more beautiful every year, my inner beauty shines out more and more.
For inner beauty to grow it needs acknowledgment, acceptance and appreciation of your inner beautiful self without any of the conditioning we got bombarded with through parenting, education, society’s do's and don’ts, right and wrongs, being taught to ignore your inner feeling and conforming to the rules regardless of whether they make sense and are loving, or not.
It is not enough though to feel beautiful and self-loving on the inside. This is not to keep for yourself. This needs to be shared and to shine out for everyone, otherwise it is not worth much when you are withholding it from the world.
And the world so needs it! Humanity needs our shining lights to be inspired by and to see what is possible to live despite all the mess that is constantly happening in the world.
Beauty does not have anything to do with age. It is not about a beautiful physical body. Miss World may have a beautiful body according to the judging panel and people who only look at the outer physical body. But what is she feeling inside? What do you feel when you look at her, her eyes, her energetic expression, does she feel empty, sad, fearful, lonely? Or does she feel beautiful on the inside as well as look beautiful on the outside?
In my thirties I had a girlfriend who would generally not have been called beautiful. But I felt she was the most beautiful person I knew. Her inner beauty, the joy and love emanating from her being was just stunning and felt by all around her.
Beauty comes from within and shines out. If you close your heart and feelings, you might just miss it.
Depending on your life choices and willingness to learn, grow and love, the most exquisite beauty can emanate from the oldest body – and for that matter from the very youngest not yet touched or manipulated.
Growing old beautifully, with inner grace and joy, has blessed me with the great side effects of physical and emotional health.
Ingrid L, Australia
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