The past few days we have been having a dialogue about the sacredness of our physical selves—our bodies—and our struggles with that. The common thread that appears to run through each person's response here has been one of deep intention to mend the rift between body, mind, heart and soul; to heal any woundedness we may carry about our physical form. I bow to us all ... Thank you for your transparency.
This journey into our truest selves is one of self-acceptance and, in time, deep embrace. And just last night, as I sat down to thumb through the newest edition of Snow Lion, I came across His Holiness the Dalai Lama inviting us (as women) to do this very thing.
In an article entitled, "Dalai Lama Emphasizes Women's Role in Society," he said:
"Women have more compassion and can recognize the pain of other people more quickly and better than men. For this reason, women should be involved more often in important decisions and should hold important posts ..."
The article goes on to say that His Holiness showed little sympathy for an obsession with outward appearances:
"Whoever is at one with themselves, doesn't need to undergo operations to their physical features. Whoever is beautiful on the inside, exudes that and will automatically be beautiful for others."
I like that. I like that a lot. Yep, The Dalai Lama, he's my guy. ;-)
Reminds me a bit of something actress Rosalind Russell said many years ago:
"Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic."
I like that, too.
As always, I welcome your thoughts ...
And may you take joy in life this weekend ...
Weekend Book Giveaway!
Make a comment this weekend to win a copy of Your Truest Self , as I am giving another one away. Remember, it's birthday time and I'm gifting books all month, so keep commenting!
Congratulations to Joy (She Who Basks) because she was randomly picked from all commentators on Wednesday's post to win a copy of Your Trust Self. Kudos, Joy!
And congratulations to Twila (Whimsical Mystic) who was selected by Mari Gayatri Stein to win a copy of her new CD, "Toward Wholeness." Cheers, Twila! Enjoy with our blessings.
(Photo of woman in mirror by Andrew Crowley for www.telegraph.co.uk.
Photo of HH Dalai Lama courtesy of www.dalailama.com)