What really matters? Surprisingly, it is beauty—True Beauty.
We have all experienced moments of True Beauty—whether seeing a field of flowers, hearing a child laugh, or feeling in harmony with everything around us. Practicing True Beauty—not to be mistaken for glamour—puts us in synchronicity with the healing of our planet as well as on the path of spiritual evolution. Most importantly, by learning to engage with beauty more often, we can heal our cultural dysfunctions and transform our world and our role within it to be more positive and generative.
Beauty as Action guides us on the journey to become practitioners of True Beauty through simple, everyday actions that don’t require esoteric tools or objects. With humor, anecdotes, and dashes of philosophy, author, shamanic practitioner, and inventor Lisa Z. Lindahl shows us how we can:
1. Consciously practice the pursuit and cultivation of True Beauty beyond surfaces and appearances
2.Recognize and honor the presence of True Beauty while we actively engage in creating it
3. Preserve and return the prominence of True Beauty in our global culture
For the sake of ourselves and our world, we must act now. Beauty as Action shows us how.
Lisa Z. Lindahl is an artist, women’s health advocate and shamanic practitioner. She invented the sports bra in 1977, revolutionizing athletic participation for women and girls. She has a BS in Education from the University of Vermont and a Master’s of Arts in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University in California. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where it rarely goes below freezing and one can garden year ’round.
"Why do you label it 'Dynamic Self-Acceptance?'" someone recently asked me. I responded in part by citing the dictionary definition of 'dynamic': "characterized by energy or effective action...forceful...relating to power."
Self acceptance is action, not a thing or state that can be achieved, archived, and put on a shelf with the declaration, "Whew! Got THAT done!" It is an ever-fluid dance with ourselves and life on-going.
And as this excerpt highlights, as we encounter life’s inevitable failures and losses, that dance of self acceptance is a dynamic and integral of our conscious evolution.
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“Who teaches us how to fail? Who teaches us how to lose? Yet we all do!” Her point was that there are rich and deep lessons in each failure, each loss, and we are not encouraged or directed on how to make the most of these personal and unique-to-us gems of wisdom. Rather than be ashamed or only in grief around these inevitable life events, accepting and integrating them into our knowledge base is both useful and an important building block of dynamic and compassionate self-acceptance.