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Af.firm.ation (emotional support or confirmation) = Compassionate Beauty. 

Take a minute and pick one of these affirmations below that you might need today. Close your eyes and relax your body. Repeat this affirmation for the next five minutes....breathe. 

Loving - "I am adored"

 

Accepting - “ This is my body, which I love”

 

Healing - “ I am nurtured and healing”

Today we turn negative judgmental beauty on it's head. Let us get up and look in the mirror and see the face reflecting back at us as lovely. You my dear friends are so perfectly beautiful. In all of the "flaws" there might be, I adore you. This message might be hard, because we are fed the opposite daily, and are focused on fixing rather than healing and non-judgment. The negative leaks out of ourselves and onto the next person when we don't even notice it. So today we begin a journey together of loving and accepting ourselves first, so we can begin to lovingly affirm others and let this message of compassionate beauty leak out of us onto our friends, neighbors, and families. 

compassionate beauty workshop

 I was privileged to hold a work shop for young breast cancer survivors, and speak to mindful self care as well as integrating affirmations as a part of the healing process. As we sat an discussed how we see beauty, how we see ourselves during and after illness, and how to care for ourselves in a way that reflects love. Hearts began to open to the ways in which we can assault our identity with negative thoughts. This can begin to take a stronger hold when our image changes from our illness or a negative relationship where judging comments have hurt us. Whether we experience severe illness or not, as women we are prone to trashing ourselves daily in the mirror. We fixate deeply on the messages we give ourselves of the need to be fixing our perceived flaws rather than healing ourselves. 

The message of compassionate beauty has been particularly hard for me to practice, but the more I practice it, the more joyous positive growth and flourishing I see. Where I grew up in the capital of Plastic Surgery - Los Angeles California, the idea of fixing oneself through major invasive surgical remodels and miracle health fixes runs rampant. In my journey with others who have illness, I  have struggled with an auto-immune illness that is not fully understood or easily treated. The symptoms are unsettling and effect my body, my skin, my appearance. It can feel frustrating and easy to be angry at my body for not being completely healthy, or my hair for falling out, or my joints for hurting again. But I know this will not help or heal. 

 Years of prayer, yoga, and mindfulness training I began practicing mindfulness with affirmations. In allowing myself affirmations, my life changed. I saw my judgments of myself and my health fade. I saw my own features and illness in a different light, and an opening of more love for those that surrounded me. The spirits of the people I encounter daily radiated a beauty so powerful beyond the exterior appearance, and an unguarded love for others has begun to take a stronger hold than any judgments. These affirmation can overpower our desire to tear down ourselves and others down. They are so powerful and something that God asks of us to spread love. It is a practice that must continue, moment by moment, and I still fall into fixing mode, but now there is a tool I can use to remind myself of truth. We can only accept others as much as we accept ourselves. 

Take these affirmations with you today. Create your own when you are ready. Enjoy the bliss of the compassion that begins to flow within and spreads to others. Today - I send my love and compassion to you beautiful being. 

Loving - "I am adored"

 

Accepting - “ This is my body, which I love”

 

Healing - “ I am nurtured and healing”