Cultivating Inner Beauty

Cultivating Inner BeautyThe theme for this week’s Quote of the Day series is “Inner Beauty” (Disclaimer:  This topic applies equally to women AND men.  If you guys are skeptical, skip toward the end!).

Inner beauty is different from external beauty, and certainly different than what popular culture passes off as “beauty” in this day and age (or any day and age, for that matter).  What does this have to do with the theme of  It has been said that ”inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self” (Priscilla Presley).  If that is true, then inner beauty is a key part of what we promote here at – even if we have never referred to it in these terms before!

What is inner beauty?  Inner beauty is a reflection of our true character.  Inner beauty is a display of who we truly are when all other external factors have been stripped away – when all spotlights have been removed.  Our inner beauty (or lack thereof) is how people begin to see us after they get to know us.  Our inner beauty becomes external for those that know us best.  

What are some traits commonly associated with inner beauty?

  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Positive Attitude
  • Accepting
  • Humble
  • Genuine / Authentic
  • Giving

Get the idea?  This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s a start.  What can you do to cultivate these traits?

  • Give yourself the time and space to develop these qualities. Without time to reflect, you won’t have time to change.
  • Get in the habit of pausing several times a day to assess how you are reacting to the situations around you.
  • Consciously readjust your reactions if necessary.
  • Repeat these steps daily until you notice that a proper attitude starts to become habit.
  • Believe in yourself!

Guys – developing “inner beauty” applies to you as well!  If you’d like, refer to it as “magnetism” – since that’s truly what it is.  The quality of your inner self is what attracts those around you.  Keep the following in mind:

“The most important thing I can teach my kids is that you can’t put your value in looks. Presence is based upon magnitude. You can pretend to have an air about you but it is quickly deflated, you cannot deflate presence. Presence walks into a room and surrounds and fills anything that’s in that room without trying to demand it, it takes over.”

- Terrence Howard

Image Credit:  Flickr user photo_martha

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