Sometimes, I get caught up in the hype. Admittedly, I buy pots of $100 moisturizing cream looking for the transformative “hope in a jar” to improve the external. But when I am feeling disconnected with myself, I know it is time to put down the lipstick, hang up my stilettos and look to where my real power resides – within.

It is important to strike a balance between the external and internal.  This is sage advice from someone who has been in the fashion industry for almost 25 years. No matter how many beautiful faces cross my path, I maintain that true beauty comes from the energy exuded from your soul.  I could wax poetic on what the “soul” is but for the purposes of this blog, I will keep it simple. The soul is the essence within you beyond the emotions of the personality. It is your deepest wisdom and highest core spirit.  I believe that it is the energy that lives on regardless of the state of your body. 

And in order to exude your soul’s beauty, you have to be connected to your soul. A simple way to start connecting within is through meditation.  Meditation may seem like a daunting task but it is just the act of getting quiet and actively listening within. Prayer, in contrast, is actively sharing with a higher power. So, to start the process of connecting to your inner self, get comfortable so that you can get quiet. You don’t have to be Gandhi in a full lotus pose – just sit in a way your body can completely relax.  Close your eyes and breathe deeply from the diaphragm. I like to start with 3 deep breaths in and out before I let my body softly return to normal breathing.  With your eyes closed, allow the thoughts to flow and out of your mind until you gently nudge it to emptiness.  Focus on your breath if you can’t stop the thoughts. And listen.  If you do this daily, it will change your life. All sorts of juicy inspiration will be there that you could not connect with previously in the busyness of life.

Post your experiences, thoughts and anything else you would like to share. I will share more tools to connecting to your beautiful soul next time.  So, stay tuned…