When I was a senior in high school, my class took an end-of-year trip to Boston on a crystal clear, sparkling sunny day. I remember sitting across from a girlfriend and suddenly exclaiming, “Everyone is beautiful!” It was a moment of recognizing my own vitality and luster, and knowing that this beauty is available and present in every person alive – no matter their age, size, cheekbone structure or sense of fashion. I felt it, as a deep truth. A resonance.
Years later, this moment of recognition came back to me as I watched my two-year-old daughter dance joyfully, unabashedly in front of me. I also recognized that the beauty I was witnessing in her, was something that had grown dull in me. I felt sad. My heart ached as I considered the possibility that she could end up feeling less-than-beautiful one day too. I then resolved to bring myself back to full-spectrum life. To return to that resonant, sparkling beauty I remembered feeling coursing through my veins – so that my daughter might grow up with a living example in her mother, of a woman who feels and is vibrantly healthy, sensuous, and authentically beautiful.To do this, I cultivated relationships with people who were capable of more deeply connecting. I grew more curious about food, nutrition, and our environment. I created self care practices to attend to my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs and desires. I read. I traveled to meet wonderful teachers. I danced. I created. I connected. And everything in my life began to shift perceptibly as a result.
Women noticed. Some friends left my side, uncomfortable. New friends arrived. Other moms began to ask what I was doing differently. Work colleagues asked for guidance. It became vitally important for me to share what I’d been learning and experiencing. I have since made a commitment to serving women who yearn to feel this glowing, vibrant, wide awake, alive, healthy, and beautiful. Because everyone. Everyone, is beautiful.