December 11
Beauty is a radiance that
originates from within and
comes from inner security
and strong character.

Jane Seymour


Today's Meditation:

More words on "inner security."  More words that remind us that if we can find out what it means to be secure in ourselves, to feel that our source of strength and security comes from inside and not as a result of outside influences, then we can become the people that we were meant to be--beautiful people who radiate peace and love and beauty.

I can become a beautiful person.  If I develop the important things in my life such as character and inner strength and faith, then I can be one of those people that others look at and realize that there is something special about them.  I'm not talking about the skin-deep type of beauty, obviously, but of that beauty that comes from being a loving, kind and compassionate human being who isn't always buffeted by the winds and rains of circumstance and happenstance.  True beauty has no measure of being a one or being a ten, and it doesn't involve make-up or expensive clothes or any of that type of trapping.

Do you want to radiate beauty?  Then accept yourself, know yourself, and love yourself.  Recognize the fact that you are an amazing child of God, and that even though you'll never land a modeling contract with a clothing company, that fact simply does not matter--you are beautiful and wonderfully made.  This is a simple fact--you have much beauty.  The question is, do you radiate that beauty for others to see and feel, or do you keep it hidden behind that door that's guarded by your fears and your insecurities?

If you do the latter, then isn't it time that you fire those guards and let your beauty shine for the world to see?  When you can radiate beauty, you can serve as a beacon to those who wish to do the same thing.

Questions to consider:

Why do most people in our societies define beauty through visible criteria?

Why do most of us not see ourselves as beautiful?

Who are the most beautiful people you know?  Is their beauty only physical, or is there more to them than the physical looks?

For further thought:

If either man or woman would realize that the full
power of personal beauty, it must be by cherishing
noble thoughts and hopes and purposes; by having
something to do and something to live for that
is worthy of humanity, and which, by expanding
and symmetry to the body which contains it.



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