How To Embrace Your Beauty: Nurture Your Body, Soul and Spirit
I once heard a quote that said, ‘the most beautiful body, is a healthy body’, and those words have stuck with me so closely ever since. I have found that the beauty standards of this world is so heavily focused upon the outer appearances. And for so long I fell into the trap of focusing so much on my outer appearance, that I began to neglect my inner beauty. Through which, earlier this year I decided to embark on a journey of wanting to blossom within radiant health. Not only physically and mentally, but also spiritually too! In this post I will share some lovely and helpful things that I have learned along the way on how to embrace your beauty.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When I reflect on the reality that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, my heart swells in deep appreciation of my body even more. Our bodies are a beautiful gift from God, and I feel it to be so heartbreaking with how hard we can be on ourselves sometimes. Whether we dislike and complain about certain parts of our appearance, or wanting to have someone else’s body, rather than being grateful with our own. I, myself, have had to go through a lot of repentance regarding this situation. It’s not easy it all, it’s a process that I’m still going through. But God is faithfully teaching me to love my body, and nurture it with the nutrition and vitamins that it needs.
Before I embarked on this journey, I did not have a healthy relationship with food. My mind was so fixed on eating as less calories as possible, in order to look a certain way. But after a while, it took such a heavy toll on not only my physical health, but also my mental health. My eyes then began to be opened regarding the importance of nourishment for our bodies. And that our bodies cannot run on thin air, nor junk/heavily processed foods.
I asked the Lord to help me on my health journey, and I then began growing in passion of healthy meals and new recipes to try out and have fun with. Once I began eating healthy, my body felt much more refreshed and energised. My skin began to glow with radiance. And I believe that also had an effect on my soul, being more replenished in strength and joy!
I also incorporated some exercise. I used to go to the gym, but recently I feel as though daily brisk walks in the fresh air suit me much more. I try to aim and get enough amount of time in the fresh air daily, in order to bask in some Vitamin D. Women’s health supplements is also something else that I try to add to my diet, and since I have been embracing various health changes, I can feel my body thanking me for it!
Learning to love your body is one of the most beautiful steps to embrace your beauty. ♡
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
Stress, depression and anxiety is the worst. It sets back your health so much, and tends to bury your heart deeply into a place of despair. I’ve been there before, and it’s one of the worst places to ever be. But the Lord has been so kind, gracious and faithful to heal and strengthen me on my journey of pursuing radiant health.
One of the primary triggers for me was spending too much time on social media. Particularly instagram and facebook. I find those social media platforms tend to be a place where one can so easily feel discouraged through comparisons and discontentment. I have shared in one of my previous posts a quote that says, ‘don’t compare your lowest moments, to other people’s highlights’. And I found it to be so true!
Rather than spending as much time on social media, I have been doing things that I love. Such as reading, writing, painting etc. I try my best to replenish and nurture my soul, rather than find myself escaping on social media apps that can be so draining to our mental health.
Writing in my journal is also something that is helping me to bloom in healthy radiance. Because I have been able to express my heart upon pages, my journal, that nobody else will ever get to see. It’s so personal, and so freeing. Writing in my journal is a form of release for me. I always feel at rest and at peace when I let go of my emotions on to paper.
Spending time with friends and family is also crucial to our mental/emotional health too. My relationships have been blossoming healthily as I aim to nurture my relationship with my loved ones. We’re all human, and we all desire to belong. And though many of us have a beautiful, intimate relationship with God, I believe that He also desires for us to share loving intimacy with other people, that also includes the relationship that we have with ourselves. I used to struggle in the relationship that I had with myself. My past of bullying and various forms of abuse had caused me to see myself in such a negative light. But the way I would describe self-loathing and self-hatred, is like dwelling in a prison that you cannot escape. Because throughout life, you will always be you. And when I came to the acceptance that I could never escape myself, and who I truly am, the Lord helped me to starting seeing myself the way He sees me. I began to mediate on certain scriptures that describe how beautifully God sees me and loves me. Then upon reflecting on His Word, rather than the negative perception of myself, I found that I blossomed in confidence and genuine, healthy appreciation for who God has made me to be.
Guarding your heart, living intentionally and focusing on things that bring you peace is the next important step to embrace your beauty. How you feel on the inside, will reflect outwardly. So fill your mind, your heart, your life with the things you love! And you will shine beautifully with joyous radiance.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
One of the most important ways to embrace your beauty always starts within the spirit. The spirit is eternal, unlike our temporal bodies. And as I began to seriously pursue God’s heart, finding rest and seeking refuge in His embrace, I felt my spirit beginning to soften and transform with the fruits of the spirit (read Galatians 5). Some of the fruits of the spirit are, kindness, peace, joy, goodness, love… the list goes on, reflecting the beauty that can bloom from one’s spirit as they grow lovingly in their relationship with Jesus.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4
True beauty of the spirit is unfading. And that is what I so deeply desire to have. My journey of blooming in radiant health has been lovely with God’s help. And my encouragement to women on the same journey would be: It’s not an overnight thing, because the most beautiful transformations take time. Like a caterpillar in the cocoon, waiting to soar with it’s beautiful wings.
God knows what He is doing, and He is faithful to guide us every step of the way.
Thank you for reading, I hope that it blessed you and inspired you in ways to embrace your beauty! ♡
Lots of love, Devona ♡
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