Do the needs of your body come second to the demands of your mind?

If so, you’re not alone.

The world views the feminine body the same way it views anything in nature: wild and unpredictable, only safe when it can be controlled.

You may have been taught that to trust your body is poor logic, selfish, or in some cases, even criminal.

Not listening to the needs and urges of your body often feels like the smart, responsible thing to do…until you get woken up by your to-do list at 3 a.m.

Or you find shutting off your brain nearly impossible.

Or you start confusing other people’s approval with happiness and success.

Or you find yourself bragging about your level of numbness after a hard day’s work.

You start to realize there’s got to be more to life than this.

And that the answer is (most likely) not to quit your job, end your relationship, or move to Paris.

That answer lives in the very place you’ve been taught to avoid.

In the sacred sanctuary that is your own flesh and bone.

Your body is a vast landscape of infinite intelligence.

It is tender and fierce.

Resilient and wise.

Honest, articulate and smart.

And it speaks in the language of the senses.

The soft kiss of bubbly water as it fizzes under your nose.

The warmth that floods your heart when holding someone you love closely.

The ecstatic joy of drinking in nature’s beauty.

The tender release of a good cry.

Moments like these are life’s love letters, and beauty is their pen. 

The world teaches us that beauty is pain.

Beauty is seen as a frivolous luxury, or an exaltation of eternal youth.

What if beauty was a form of replenishment?

A way to relax your body, wake up your senses, and inspire your most brilliant creativity?

In every spiritual tradition, beauty is a way of invoking the divine.

Writers and artists flock to beautiful places hoping to be visited by the muse.

Beauty is how we celebrate our joys and make sense of our sorrows.

Beauty sparks our greatest genius and soothes our restless souls.

In short…beauty HEALS.

More than an esthetic, beauty is a radiance.

True beauty is gorgeously diverse and perfectly imperfect.

It is a timeless power that only ripens with age.

Beauty Keeping:

embracing beauty as a mindfulness practice and a somatic form of self-care