May 20, 2013

My Own Kind of Beautiful

Its been a successful week on the path to health and vitality. Here in Utah, I'm surrounded by gorgeous actors and artists who work for the Shakespeare Festival. They are an enlivening group whom I deeply admire. Most of the women and men who do this kind of work have to keep themselves looking great - they have to rest and eat well and exercise just to stay in the game, be cast and then grind out night after night of rehearsals and shows. Actors tend to be beautiful. It's the nature of the beast, I suppose.  But the thing I notice most is that their confidence and presence comes not from possessing beauty, but by embracing their own kind of beauty and turning that uniqueness into a commodity. This week, I'm inspired by this group of thespians who remind me to offer what I have to give. Claim what is mine and let that unique beauty be the guide, rather than some unattainable standard set by our society.

The quote below came to me via my husband.
I though I'd share it here.

"The only thing you have to offer another human being, ever, is your own state of being. You can cop out only just so long, saying, “I’ve got all this nice stuff, I know all this and I can do all this.” But everything you do, whether you’re cooking food or doing therapy or being a student or being a lover, you are only doing your own being, you’re only manifesting how evolved a consciousness you are. That’s what you’re doing with another human being. That’s the only dance there is! When you’re protesting against somebody, the degree of consciousness with which you’re protesting determines how well they can hear what it is you’re really saying. And consciousness does not mean attachment to polarity, at any level. It means freedom from attachment. And once you see that the highest mother is the mother who is the most conscious mother, the highest student, the highest therapist, the highest lover, the highest anything is the most conscious one, you begin to see that the way you serve another human being is by freeing him from the particular attachments he’s stuck in that turn him off to life. You realize that the only thing you have to do for other human beings is to keep yourself really straight, and then do whatever it is you do."

The "I Did It" List

juiced five out of seven days
attended a two hour yoga class
went jogging / cross training 4 out of seven days
enjoyed a date with my husband
took my family to Zion National Park and didn't lose my shit when Charlie threw a fit
slept in one morning until 9:30am (thank you Jack)
went to the grocery store and didn't by anything in a box, a can or a jar - just living stuff

1 comment:

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...


embracing their own kind of beauty... Everyone has it! I wish people would stop the sport of putting their looks and bodies down.