“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s beautiful of ‘em all?”
Gone are the days when people used to ask this question. Now, it is fairly common for us to ask – “Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I beautiful at all?”
While the mirror does not lie, it shows only the visible aspect of a person’s beauty – the physical attributes.
As we remain entangled in trivial debates – wavy versus curly hair, royal versus crooked nose, flat versus heavy bosom, and so on – a large part of our beauty consciousness, which is non-physical, lies dormant unknown to ourselves.
In the wild obsession with the outer, we tend to become progressively ignorant of the inner. The seat of real beauty is the soul – the essence of your divinity and your connection with the Creative force within you.
“Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty, that is all Ye know on Earth, and all Ye need to Know”, English poet John Keats wrote in one of his famous poems. The Sanskrit verse –’Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ – too express the notion that Truth is divinity and divinity is beauty.
To be true to one’s body and accept it as a creative masterpiece, and to be true to oneself as an individual capable of being a magnet of love and compassion – can be an inclusive and democratic definition of beauty. Instead of seeing beauty as a reflection of one’s color, height, social status or economic potential, we should be able to see beauty as a makeover of our minds and hearts.
While every human may not have fashionable physical features and the media-projected attractiveness quotient, each one of us can cultivate the divine attributes that truly make us ‘humane’ and irresistibly charming to people in our lives.
Would we want our children to hold on to the time-tested value of love and gratitude for this priceless body or rather have them subject their bodies to the ever-changing social stereotypes of beauty? After all, a positive and healthy attitude to life does not have to mean ‘size zero’ and ‘six-pack abs’.
Beyond the botox foreheads, silicon breasts and tummy tucks lie the innocence and simplicity of graceful acceptance of who we are. Who wouldn’t be attracted to a sparkle in the eye, a wide-toothed smile, a chuckle in the voice and a heart that beats with love and joy?
“A thing of beauty is joy forever”, remarked a poet. Taking creative liberty, one may add, “An old man, young at heart, is boy forever”.
Real beauty can be about honoring and celebrating everyone as they really are – unique and resplendent creations of a perfect Creator. The first and the foremost benefactor of this appreciation should be the most important person in your life – YOU!
Then, you will find a sweet voice whispering within, “I’m the Mirror in your heart, and you’re an ever-beautiful work of art!”