"Beauty doesn’t exist in things; beauty is a projection. Beauty is not objective; it is subjective. So one day somebody looks beautiful, another day the same person becomes ugly. It is you who projects, it is you who withdraws, the other works just as a screen. Once you come to know that the mind projects beauty and ugliness, that the mind projects good and bad, you stop projecting. Then for the first time you come to know what objective reality is. It is neither good nor bad, it is neither beautiful nor ugly; it simply is. All your interpretations drop with the projections." - Osho
Even though I am working towards healing my body from massive amounts of stress over the years and have struggled with beauty in regards to my physical appearance for years, I am a lot more compassionate and loving towards my body. Sure I don’t have the standard beauty traits , and nor do I want to achieve that.  I know that my skin is far from being flawless with its sensitivity, my hair can be a wild mess, and my eyes don’t line up properly, but I am okay with that. I’ll use some organic concealer to spot conceal and calm down some pigmentation or general  blemishes, and some tinted chap-stick to have fun with for my lips. I don’t like to use makeup personally, and really like to keep to a bare minimum if any at all. Everyone should be able to express themselves, makeup or no makeup, and live their life the way they want to. Beauty is not defined by how hollywood declares it to be, and being ashamed of who you are is harmful to both your physical and mental health. Embrace yourself, take care of yourself, and honor yourself. Health is not only what you put in and on your body, but also what you tell your body. Let kindness flow through you, and let your body heal any insecurities that you have. Your body is yours for your lifetime, and no one can take away the love and respect it deserves.

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"Beauty doesn’t exist in things; beauty is a projection. Beauty is not objective; it is subjective. So one day somebody looks beautiful, another day the same person becomes ugly. It is you who projects, it is you who withdraws, the other works just as a screen. Once you come to know that the mind projects beauty and ugliness, that the mind projects good and bad, you stop projecting. Then for the first time you come to know what objective reality is. It is neither good nor bad, it is neither beautiful nor ugly; it simply is. All your interpretations drop with the projections." - Osho

Even though I am working towards healing my body from massive amounts of stress over the years and have struggled with beauty in regards to my physical appearance for years, I am a lot more compassionate and loving towards my body. Sure I don’t have the standard beauty traits , and nor do I want to achieve that.  I know that my skin is far from being flawless with its sensitivity, my hair can be a wild mess, and my eyes don’t line up properly, but I am okay with that. I’ll use some organic concealer to spot conceal and calm down some pigmentation or general  blemishes, and some tinted chap-stick to have fun with for my lips. I don’t like to use makeup personally, and really like to keep to a bare minimum if any at all. Everyone should be able to express themselves, makeup or no makeup, and live their life the way they want to. Beauty is not defined by how hollywood declares it to be, and being ashamed of who you are is harmful to both your physical and mental health. Embrace yourself, take care of yourself, and honor yourself. Health is not only what you put in and on your body, but also what you tell your body. Let kindness flow through you, and let your body heal any insecurities that you have. Your body is yours for your lifetime, and no one can take away the love and respect it deserves.

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Today I had someone ask me if I was a part of the high school visiting class on my college campus. Even though I laughed it off, there was a part of me that felt pretty awkward and saddened. I gave up wearing makeup last year (which was pretty minimal to begin with), and I opted out of using a hair dryer on my naturally curly hair about four months ago. Bare faced with imperfections, wild curly hair, and petite body frame, and most people think that I’m still a young teen. I don’t expect to look like a “normal” 22 year old female since I don’t wear push up bras, makeup, fashionable clothing, or anything ‘flirty’. I decided that I didn’t want people to see a faux version of who I really was. I also do not support the cosmetic industry with their animal testing and horrible chemicals in their products. I’d much rather support cruelty free and sustainable small companies who use more natural ingredients in their body/face/hair care.

I don’t have perfect skin, or perfect hair, or large breasts , but I do have a big heart and I really do care about this planet and all of the organisms within it. Some people may look at me and think, “She’s a yoga teacher?” “Shes over the age of 18?” “She has a boyfriend?” “Why doesn’t she wear makeup, thats not attractive” or whatever the hell they want to think.

It doesn’t really matter what people think, because the most important thing is what you think about yourself. This will determine virtually everything in your life. I read a quote before that went along the lines of ” it is only embarrassing if you care what other people think”.

That has always stuck with me. Its a battle to ignore what society wants you to be, but its a lesson everyday that I am proud to annihilate.

Strawberry and mint infused water 

All you do is get a blender (or let the strawberry and mint sit in a container of water over night in the fridge to get flavor. Mason jars work great for this )

* add a few strawberries (cut them up if you won&#8217;t be blending)
* add some fresh mint leaves 
* add water and ice 

And blend it&#160;! 
Boom!
Awesome flavored water for the day ;)

Strawberry and mint infused water

All you do is get a blender (or let the strawberry and mint sit in a container of water over night in the fridge to get flavor. Mason jars work great for this )

* add a few strawberries (cut them up if you won’t be blending)
* add some fresh mint leaves
* add water and ice

And blend it !
Boom!
Awesome flavored water for the day ;)

Eating For Beauty : Book by David Wolfe

I’m looking forward to reading this book! I am a huge advocate for holistic living, and this book (no, its not like a ‘normal’ beauty book) is all about keeping the body healthy inside, which will be reflected on the outside.

Library, I hope you have it!

Natural hair spritzer ( DIY) by Sassy Naturals

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Rose Water and Glycerin Mix

 
Source 
"I ran out of my rosewater and glycerin pre-mixed spray, so I decided to make my own this time. I purchased Frontier vegetable glycerin and Alwadi rosewater. I used a 4 oz. bottle, put 2 parts rosewater, 1 part aloe vera juice, and about 1 tbs. of glycerin.

If you plan to try it, you can play around and do variations to find what does well with your coils. Do not use too much glycerin unless you want sticky hair! Be sure to refrigerate afterwards.

This spritzer is a great way to add moisture to your hair between washes. Today I am using it to do dry twists. If you try it, come back and let me know how it worked out for you and your recipe used!

Glycerin is great for your hair because it attracts water and water=moisture. Rose water increases bloodflow to the scalp, which promotes hair growth.”
I really like this mixture, and it works great for curly hair after getting out of the shower, and it works great as a detangler! You don’t need to have curly hair for this. This mixture is full of good nutrients for hair :]
I WANT MY ITALIAN STALLION SO BADLY.

Sooooo close, yet so far.

Patience .
PATIENCE, BRITTANY

I WANT MY ITALIAN STALLION SO BADLY.

Sooooo close, yet so far.

Patience .

PATIENCE, BRITTANY

What you need to know about the Cosmetic Industry!

What You Need to Know About Cosmetics & Chemicals (Infographic)

By MindBodyGreen
This infographic is an absolute must-read and must-share! Did you know that cosmetics are NOT subject to FDA approval? Or that deodorant contains aluminium and red lipstick contains an insane amount of lead? Even baby shampoo contains scary chemicals.
(Thanks to Dr. Frank Lipman for the tip on this informative infographic from cosmetologyschool.org)

Please take a look and share with everyone you know. This is a serious issue which we all need to spread the word about!
Published February 22, 2012 at 6:35 AM
Every person is born perfect. Inferiority is a mistake of the mind, a cloud covering the light. Dissolve the clouds by observing a balanced life with healthy habits. Nourish your mind and body. Connect with your own inner self. Celebrate your own magnificence and your beauty will always shine through.
twowheelsonebody:

This book has become a favorite of mine. I am really into eastern medicine and lifestyles , and have become very interested in Ayurveda (oldest form of medicine known to man) for years. Ayurveda uses pure herbs, botanicals , and mental clarity practices such as meditation or yoga (or simply breathing deeply) in its practice. This book is truly about absolute health , which ends up reflecting on our outsides. She gives you a ton of knowledge about Ayurveda , and also gives you recipes to make your own skincare if you want to. She has her own spa in New York , and does make some incrediblel stuff with zero preservatives or other harmful stuff (pratimaskincare.com ) , but her book is far more in depth. Check it out at your local bookstore or library , and change your perspective on what beauty really is. Hint&#160;: it has nothing to do with your makeup , hair products, or other commercial stuff .

twowheelsonebody:

This book has become a favorite of mine. I am really into eastern medicine and lifestyles , and have become very interested in Ayurveda (oldest form of medicine known to man) for years. Ayurveda uses pure herbs, botanicals , and mental clarity practices such as meditation or yoga (or simply breathing deeply) in its practice. This book is truly about absolute health , which ends up reflecting on our outsides. She gives you a ton of knowledge about Ayurveda , and also gives you recipes to make your own skincare if you want to. She has her own spa in New York , and does make some incrediblel stuff with zero preservatives or other harmful stuff (pratimaskincare.com ) , but her book is far more in depth. Check it out at your local bookstore or library , and change your perspective on what beauty really is. Hint : it has nothing to do with your makeup , hair products, or other commercial stuff .

The key to beauty and accceptance is you

The Key to Beauty and Acceptance Is You

Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Jaclyn Witt

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

I read this quote the other day, and I have to say, nothing has shaken me to the core more.

I was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy at the age of two, and ever since, I’ve struggled with loving myself and with having self-confidence.

For the most part, you wouldn’t know I have a serious physical disability aside from my visible limp, my difficulty getting up and down stairs, and my tendency to fall when I get weak. I was never able to do sports growing up like my friends and often had to enroll in special Adaptive Phys Ed classes in school.

I always felt my disability separated me from my peers growing up, so I put up an emotional wall and convinced myself that I had to wear the latest clothes, have perfect skin, and have the perfect body in order to “blend in” with everyone around me—in order to be truly loved. Then maybe I would be considered beautiful.

Then maybe no one would notice I was different. If I just looked like those Victoria’s Secret models, then someone would accept and love me.

So often we look to external things to define our beauty, most commonly our physical appearance. We think that if we just fit into the mold that society has told us is “good looking” then we’ll feel good about ourselves and will gain acceptance.

I put a lot of value in being in a relationship, too. Because of my disability, I was extremely shy for a long time and very insecure. All I wanted was a guy to come along, sweep me off my feet, and fall in love with me.

Then I thought I would truly be like everyone else, because I would have someone (other than friends and family) there all the time telling me that I was loved and valued.

In today’s world especially, it’s hard not to feel like our lives need to have a certain set of circumstances for us to truly be accepted.

With things like Facebook, we’re exposed to all the intimate details of a lot of people’s lives at one time. When they get engaged, married, have children, or are traveling the world with their fabulous jobs, we know almost instantly.

For a lot of us, that creates increasing internal pressure to have our life be a certain way because we think that’s what we need to feel happy with ourselves and be accepted in the world. We look to all of these other things outside of us to feel beautiful and to feel accepted, when the whole time, the only person who can truly allow us to feel these things is staring back at us in the mirror every day.

After I read this Thich Nhat Hanh quote, I went to clean the bathroom in my house and was suddenly overcome with emotion. I realized that all those things I’d been doing were what I thought I needed to do for everyone else to accept me, when in reality, I wasn’t accepting myself.

Whether it was having a boyfriend, having a lot of friends, or looking “perfect” all the time, I was trying to show everyone else, “Hey! Look! Someone loves me! I have value now!”

Really though, I was the one who didn’t like that I was different.

I was the one who couldn’t accept this disease I was born with. I had amazing friends and an incredibly supportive family who didn’t care if I walked with a limp or not—people who didn’t care that I couldn’t run a marathon or that sometimes I needed their help getting up a curb.

I was even told growing up how beautiful I was, but I couldn’t understand why I never felt like it.

It’s because I wasn’t truly being myself and accepting myself. I didn’t feel beautiful, and no amount of people telling me I was beautiful was going to change that. I was letting a circumstance I was born with define me and define how I thought others saw me.

In our extremely visual culture I think we all struggle with the idea of “beautiful.” And it can feel like no one really ever says “Just be yourself, love yourself, and accept yourself. That is true beauty.”

Beautiful doesn’t mean being physically attractive or looking like those people we see on TV or in magazines. It’s not defined by having or not having a significant other or by how many friends you have. We’re all born with our own struggles, and beautiful isn’t defined by those either.

Beautiful means just being and loving you!

I wasted many years trying to do everything I could to be considered beautiful by my peers and by society. Comparing myself to others and wondering why my life wasn’t like this or that.

The thing we don’t realize is that all along, we are already beautiful.Just for being ourselves. And we are the key to accepting ourselves—no one else.

There’s only one of each of us, and this is our chance to really live, so why waste our hard-earned energy trying to gain acceptance from everyone around us and trying to make ourselves look perfect to feel loved?

When you start down that road to self acceptance—that road to truly loving who you are, flaws and all—it’s then that you can truly open yourself up to being beautiful, for you and no one else.