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Realizing Inner Beauty

What truly defines beauty? I never thought the key to beauty is within ourselves, especially in our current time where beauty is constantly changing through the media. And I only realized that through Ayurveda, (the ancient Vedic medical science ). It’s more than applying face packs to brighten the skin, it can teach us to become one with nature, hence not separate from our innate, eternal beauty.

Ayurveda is a deep knowledge that has many secrets waiting to be unraveled. It amazes me that turmeric is currently sold within many grocery stores, when our grandmothers have been applying it for many generations to bring out the glow or “ojas” per Ayurveda.

Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. These three energies comprise our entire universe. Each composed of various elements, these energies have its own individual beauty. I remember the first time I came upon these words and read the description: Vata individuals tend to have small, darting eyes vs. Kapha tend to have large, glowing eyes. Instantly, my mind went into comparison mode. Is one more beautiful than the other?

But slowly I came to discover this weak point of mine, and I’m sure others can relate to as well. It’s hard to find the true beauty within… we can easily imitate others, but to cultivate our own takes time and acceptance.

I came to see Vata, Kapha, and Pitta as various flowers. Since each flower has its unique beauty, be it a rose or lotus, it is hard to discern which is more beautiful and should we even try to compare?

Instead, focusing on how we can become the best version of ourselves is one of the gems of Ayurveda. Ayurveda believes that true beauty is inherent within all individuals, and the “glow” is when we nourish our soul and mind either by meditation, yoga, or spending time with nature and using the gifts externally. It’s our innate nature of positivity, peace, and devotion that makes us truly attractive and beautiful.

It believes by being compassionate and enhancing the qualities of universal love, our inner beauty is what shines through and doesn’t wear over time even if there are external stressors, and actually makes us even more gorgeous. This made me believe it can also be the best anti-aging medicine, which benefits our whole self!

Next time you open your kitchen cabinet think how consuming a small amount of ghee (clarified butter) can nourish your soul and enhance the “ojas” quality, rather than potential weight gain. Remember you have the power to heal and bring out the divine beauty.

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