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Lit From Within [NOOK Book]

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Beauty isn't skin deep -- it's soul deep

Women's wellness visionary Victoria Moran offers inspiring advice and practical suggestions that will make any woman look and feel more radiant. Each compact essay contains a tip you can put to use today to heighten your awareness of your own inner beauty, illustrating how true sparkle comes from a sense of wholeness. Women of all ages will relate to Victoria's reflections on her journey to a deeper ...

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Overview

Beauty isn't skin deep -- it's soul deep

Women's wellness visionary Victoria Moran offers inspiring advice and practical suggestions that will make any woman look and feel more radiant. Each compact essay contains a tip you can put to use today to heighten your awareness of your own inner beauty, illustrating how true sparkle comes from a sense of wholeness. Women of all ages will relate to Victoria's reflections on her journey to a deeper understanding of inner radiance -- beauty that is soul deep.

This sane, sensible approach to a strong self-image and loving self-care is firmly grounded in spiritual common sense, the marriage of body and soul. You start by lighting up your life -- and before you know it, you're lighting up the room.

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Kristine Carlson
“A true spiritual friend, filled with thoughtful inspiration on loving and experiencing your own unique beauty at the soul level.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061850066
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 784,589
  • File size: 312 KB

Meet the Author

Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books including Lit from Within; Fat, Broke & Lonely No More; and the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. She lives a charmed life in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Attitude
1 Let Your Exterior Reflect Your Interior 9
2 Think Well of Yourself 12
3 Give Yourself Positive Messages 15
4 Surround Yourself with People Who See Your Light 20
5 Let Other Women Be Beautiful, Too 23
6 Have an Ageless Outlook 27
Part II Actions
7 Adopt One Better Habit 33
8 Look Good Enough Every Day 36
9 Groom Yourself Impeccably 39
10 Move Your Body 44
11 Take a Saturday Night Bath 50
12 Get Your Beauty Sleep 55
13 Bring Your Body to the Silence 59
Part III Body and Soul
14 Befriend Discipline 65
15 Explore Yoga 69
16 Purify the Instrument 72
17 Help Your Form to Function 76
18 Speak with Your True Voice 80
19 Avoid the Uglies 85
Part IV Just for Fun
20 Dress like Yourself 91
21 Give Yourself a Name That Suits You 94
22 Select a Symbol 98
23 Establish a Self-Care Fund 101
24 Take Yourself Lingerie Shopping 105
25 Develop Your Sense of Style 108
26 Play with Sounds, Stones, and Flowers 113
Part V Quality of Life
27 Handle Small Things with Care 121
28 Preserve and Protect 125
29 Immerse Yourself in Beauty 131
30 As Often as Possible, Do Something Thrilling 135
31 Map Your Dream 139
32 Master Simple Living and High Thinking 143
Part VI Quality of Character
33 Regard Others as Significant 149
34 Become Magnanimous 154
35 Understand: "Beauty Is Truth and Truth Beauty" 158
36 Be Trustworthy and Tolerant 160
37 Forgive Someone Something 163
38 Go Graciously Through Your Day 167
Part VII Nourishing Yourself
39 Invite Your Soul to Dinner 175
40 Dine like a Yogi 180
41 Consider a Gentler Diet 184
42 Get Past the Weight Thing 188
43 Stay Hydrated 193
44 Breathe the Best Air 197
Part VIII Nurturing Your Spirit
45 Dedicate Your Life 203
46 Trust the Process 206
47 Memorize Words of Inspiration 209
48 Respect Who You Are and What You Value 213
49 Be Ready for Light Times 217
50 Look for Connections 220
Acknowledgments 223
For Further Reading 224
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First Chapter

Lit From Within
A Simple Guide to the Art of Inner Beauty

Chapter One



Let Your Exterior Reflect Your Interior



The first step toward bringing out your inner beauty is to
have only one goal for your physical self: that it be an
accurate representation of your spiritual self.


When the light of your spirit shows on your face and in your life, you are a beautiful human being, a beautiful woman. For this to happen in an enduring way, you need to take exceptionally good care of both your body and your soul. You just have to get the order right: the soul came first. A new theory edging its way into science is that of "enformy," the notion that something -- what religious people have long known as soul -- exists prior to the formation of a physical body. This immaterial essence "enforms" matter, resulting in something magnificent -- you, for instance.

In opting to take on physical form, your spiritual self didn't make any mistakes. The body you've got is the one you're supposed to have. From the vantage point of your soul, it is the perfect body to carry you through this lifetime and accomplish what you came here to do. And whether your body type is the delicate ectomorph, the curvaceous endomorph, or the athletic mesomorph, you're "morphed" just the way you're supposed to be.

This can be hard to swallow in a culture that suggests -- no, shouts -- that certain bodies are acceptable and others are not. The message these days is that women are supposed to be tall and thin and have large breasts. When I was a teenager, they were supposed to be tall and thin and have no breasts. When my grandmother was young, Clara Bow was the "It Girl," and five-foot-two and curvy was the ideal.

Whatever a particular era's "perfect body" is supposed to look like, its purpose (detailed in Linda McBryde's The Mass Market Woman) is to sell things: clothes, makeup, beer, movie tickets. Your body, however, has a higher calling: to give your soul, your light within, a way to show itself in the world. This undertaking is supposed to entail more ecstasy than agony. The Vedic scriptures of ancient India say that human bodies were engineered to experience bliss and that even the angels envy them.

The first step toward bringing out your inner beauty is to have only one goal for your physical self: that it be an accurate representation of your spiritual self. Unlike the defeatist goals of the "lose ten pounds" school, this one is freeing. You're giving yourself permission to be precisely who you were meant to be, externally as well as internally. Once you let go of all objectives for your body other than to have it express your essential self, you allow it, along with your mind and spirit, to work for the good of the whole. If being ten pounds lighter is part of that overall good, it will happen. And it will last.

When you are committed to showing the world who you really are, you will start to play up what makes you special. Actress Bette Midler has been quoted as saying, "If only I'd known that one day my differentness would be an asset, my early life would have been much easier." If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it -- through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world that you are a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.

Lit From Within
A Simple Guide to the Art of Inner Beauty
. Copyright © by Victoria Moran. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Wispy wisdom

    Great for first timers in a world of semi-new agey mixed feel of yogaism, serenity, and wispy touch of life experience thrown in...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    I saw this book on OPRAH - she loved it and so do I...

    I was given this book as a gift and with an apology. The gift was from a good friend and the apology was because I am a guy and this was described as a 'girly' book. Well, balderdash! LIT FROM WITHIN is a beautful book, with specific lessons and advice for women, but with basic insights and revelations that are perfect for anyone struggling with the issues of self acceptance, self worth and self love. It is a wonderful book, a gem, a treasure, whose chapters are short enough to pick up and feast on in those few minutes between appointments, or just before you go out for the night or in moment of spiritual doubt or crisis. Congratulations VICTORIA MORAN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    A Must

    This book will relate to all women, it is insprirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    Uplifting and Encouraging

    I wish a had a book like this when I was in my early twenties -- something that could have enlightened me then that "Beauty is not your body. Beauty is your life." Ms. Moran writes as if a wonderfully wise grandmother is sitting next to me and assuring me that my physical attributes has much less a reflection of my beautiful soul. The book is a warm laid-back companion for those periodical insecure days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Inspirational and informative

    I love this book. Victoria Moran has a way of expressing what I'm thinking inside so that it makes sense. I first bought and read this book weeks ago, and then happened to catch her on Oprah on July 26, and am inspired all over again.

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