Friday, December 18, 2009
Real Beauty 8" x 8" oil on panel
I thought about what it means to be beautiful as I painted my trusty cosmetic bag. We are constantly inundated by the standards of how we are supposed to look from the media, and it is not hard to feel inadequate when comparing ourselves to these models.
From a book called "Lit from Within" by Victoria Moran ( a gift from a true beauty, my friend Sue Sheehan)
We see the beauty in others the same way we see it in ourselves- by looking beyond appearances to the person living in the body and the spirit that animates both. Conversely, you've never been more beautiful to another person than when you regard him or her in this light. This is how people look at us when they love us very much. It's also how people of true spiritual depth look at everyone. It's happened to you, I'm sure: someone looks at you with such pure love, such positive regard, it goes straight to your soul. A lovely ideal is to behold all people, friends and strangers in this way.
Very good and wise words. I hold them true to my heart.
However- I don't like to go out without applying my mascara first- nothing wrong with that!