What is beauty, really?

When you hear the word "beauty" and "beautiful" what is the first thing that comes into your head? Most of us probably think of glamour, elegance, flawlessness, perfection, etc… I know I do. For fun, I looked up the word Beauty in the dictionary and here is what I found:

Beau-ty (n):

  • the quality of being physically attractive
  • The qualities in a person or thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind
  • a beautiful woman

Yep…I am not surprised.

Society has hardwired us to see true beauty in a certain way.  [To be blunt, I think that is bull shiiiiit]. I think so many people are fixated on that definition, that it is naturally difficult for us to associate beauty with anything other than superficial qualities...

But what if we could?

What if we were able to look past the standard definition of beauty and associate the word to other areas in our lives?

How about our mistakes, our flaws, our quirky habits? Or our uniqueness, our courage and our strength?

Think about this: There are over 7.26 billion people in the world, but there is only one YOU… and that in itself is beautiful. We all uniquely different, and whether or not you believe it, you have a lot to offer the people in the world around you.

A while back, I came across a list titled: 50 Reasons Why YOU Are Absolutely Beautiful (written by: Linnea Jensen-Stewart) on a great website elephantjournal.com. I thought this list was perfect, because it looks at beauty from all angles.

Take a look at the list, and truly think about each number. What are some of the "reasons" that appeal to you?

50 Reasons Why You Are Absolutely Beautiful. ~ Linnea Jensen-Stewart

-You are beautiful when you are afraid to do something, and you do it anyway.

-If you have been to hell and back, your resilience is beautiful.

-Beauty is a daring action. One that is built on your authentic intention instead of being attached to the outcome.

-Asking questions—especially “why?”—is always beautiful. Why? Because curiosity is beautiful.

-If you can string words together into a sentence, and you’re brave enough to let someone else read it, that’s beautiful.

-Flat stomachs are beautiful, absolutely, but big, soft bellies are beautiful, too.

-It is beautiful to speak another language. It is beautiful to try.

-Beauty is putting paint on canvas, or strumming a guitar, or capturing a stunning moment in a picture, or dancing with your eyes closed.

-Creating is always beautiful.

-Your eyes are beautiful. Nobody else has eyes like yours. They are deep and authentic and instantly recognizable.

-Beauty is being brave enough to embrace your feelings- the good, the bad, and the uglyTo open yourself to the possibility that there is something magnificent there. 

-Remember the time your best friend called you crying? Because only your voice could calm her down? That was beautiful.

-Beauty is laughing so hard your stomach hurts.

-Beauty is not letting ignorance be mistaken for truth. Even if you’re the one in the dark.

-Beauty is calling someone out for saying something hurtful, even if you weren’t the one getting hurt.

-Your legs are beautiful. No, really. They are. Admire the curve of your calves, the muscles in your thighs, the peaks and valleys of your knee.

-Letting go of a toxic relationship? Ah, what a beautiful relief!

-You are beautiful when you rock out so hard at a concert that your neck is sore the next day.

-Intelligence is beautiful.

-Humor. There is nothing more beautiful than laughter.

-Compassion is very, very beautiful.

-Beauty is wearing an outfit so fierce that when people compliment you on it you say, “I know, right?” and then, “Oh, I mean, thank you.”

-Strong opinions are beautiful.

-Respecting other people’s strong opinions is beautiful too.

-Beauty is your hometown, whether you love it or hate it, because it helped shape you who you are.

-Beauty is telling a joke only you think is funny and laughing so hard nobody can hear the punch line.

-Walking away from a relationship –Platonic or romantic because you know its the only way to truly love them is to stop trying to change them, and let them be who they are.

-Deep breaths are beautiful.

-Listening is beautiful. Choosing to respond instead of react- even if you don’t want to hear it- trusting that there is always something valuable in someone else’s words.

-Your bare face in the morning is beautiful. Ask the people that love you. It’s true.

-The way our bodies tell the truth—we blush when we are attracted to someone, we blink twice when we lie, we get sick when we’re pushing our mental limits—is beautiful.

-Having faith in someone else’s word, because we know we’ve been true to our own. That is beautiful.

-Beauty is being comfortable enough with someone else to be silent. As the character Sherry Anne in the movie Best In Show put it, “We could talk or not talk forever and still find things to not talk about.”

-Beauty is being able to walk gracefully in high heels.

-Beauty is digging your bare feet into the sand.

-Beauty is sitting very still with your thoughts.

-It is beautiful to find the strength to ask for help when you need it. No matter how successful you are. We all feel like we’re drowning sometimes, and we would all be glad to pull you from the rapids.

-Beauty is loving your pet as much as they love you.

-Beauty is a fresh flower in your hair.

-The physical remnants of our life experiences—stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and sun spots—are beautiful.

-Wisdom is beautiful.

-Humility is beautiful.

-Beauty is the sweaty satisfaction of a hard workout- moving your body in the way it was meant to.

-It is beautiful to finally tell someone your secret.

-It is beautiful to turn the worst night into the funniest story- the ability to see the humor in the darker, sometimes neglected parts of our life.

-Beauty is being able to truly enjoy the food you eat.

-It is beautiful to be grateful to all the strong people who came before you: the ones who raised you, the ones who fought for your rights, the ones who were burned at the stake because they were too powerful.

-Giving birth is beautiful. (Messy, but beautiful.) Rebirth- as many times as necessary- is also beautiful.

-Freedom is beautiful. You are free to fill your life with the things that make you happy. You have a choice.

-Happiness is beautiful. Never be ashamed of being happy.

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Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/12/50-reasons-why-you-are-absolutely-beautiful-linnea-jensen-stewart/