Inner Beauty is often defined two way in Western culture in our culture. One, it has been described as someone’s positive and sincere traits be them, mental, emotional or spiritual. or as a cruel punchline to a cruel joke describing a person who doesn’t necessarily have the typical mainstream physical beauty. The stunning and stylish Icon, Audrey Hepburn defined real beauty perfectly when she said, “The beauty of a women is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.”
Did you know you can visibly see the inner beauty that Audrey Hepburn spoke of?
Consider this: Have you ever met someone and just got ‘a feeling’ when your around them? You feel excited, comfortable, warm, or motivated. That is what inner beauty feels like, it makes all those who come near them feel positive and loved. It is very rare to find a person who is truly beautiful on the inside who is terrible or very “ugly” on the outside. The inner beauty is the only energy the person exudes and by them doing this there is a certain “je ne sais quoi” that comes from them, making them almost instantaneously more beautiful on the outside as well. Think Barbara Streisand. On occasion you can flip the switch and find a person absolutely beautiful, and their soul is bitter, angry, snobbish or cold making them unattractive (ugly) the minute they look your way. Although the word “ugly.” Is mean and hurtful, when it comes to inner descriptions, I think it can be used appropriately, since being ugly on the inside is a choice. It is seen as a choice to be harmful to others and yourself.
Also, I am sure we have all met a “typically” attractive person whose energy is less than desirable. The same can be experienced with a “typically” less attractive person. The point is, inner beauty can be found in any “type” of person; not to mention, inner ugly can be found in anybody regardless of looks. No matter what side of the physical being you sit on, inner beauty or inner ugly transforms physical appearance. We can work with what we were born with and through prayer and meditation we can all develop a healthy and strong sense of self to make our inner beauty shine through.
There are numerous reasons as to why we should all work on our inner self firstly, when you are full of joy and kindness (inner beauty), you not only spread love, but it also says that you love yourself. A smile is also more contagious that the flu! Secondly, when you have inner beauty, and you’re expressing that beauty, you attract more beauty. Birds of a feather flock together and this positive attitude attracts more trusting friends, relationships and remarkable experiences. Basically, people who are beautiful within have more joy. Lastly, inner beauty attracts, as does outer beauty, but as the saying goes, “(physical) beauty fades…” then what? Inner beauty is forever.
I think it is safe to say, inner beauty without outer inner beauty doesn’t exist. For that reason it is essential to love yourself, be compassionate and take care of your inner self, just as much as your outer appearance. Exercising the body will achieve muscles just as meditating, praying and self-reflection exercises your inner glow to create outer beauty. Essentially, when you express inner beauty, you choose to be beautiful. As Paulo Coelho said, “Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible…”