Lit from Within

Lit from Within

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by Victoria Moran
     
 

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Some women exude radiance — a glow that brings out the inherent beauty — beyond conventional "prettiness." This quality, says women's wellness visionary Victoria Moran, is independent of age or body type. Rather, it is the result of a well-tended soul.

In this inspirational and Wise book, Moran shares the wisdom and

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Some women exude radiance — a glow that brings out the inherent beauty — beyond conventional "prettiness." This quality, says women's wellness visionary Victoria Moran, is independent of age or body type. Rather, it is the result of a well-tended soul.

In this inspirational and Wise book, Moran shares the wisdom and experience from her own search for inner and outer beauty. Her thoughtful observations and advice show how anyone can transform their thinking about what makes us beautiful, while providing simple guidance for creating a radiance that only comes from within.

Each compact essay contains a tool you can Put to use today to heighten your awareness of your own inner beauty. With her trademark candor, Moran illustrates how true beauty comes from a sense of wholeness. She combines tips for taking care of your spirit with simple techniques for tending the needs of your body and essays on self-affirmation and the care and feeding of the soul. Women of all ages will relate to Moran'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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Editorial Reviews

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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The Barnes & Noble Review
While we'd all love to unleash that "beauty that arises from deep within," few of us have the time or the wherewithal in our daily lives to seek any beauty that cannot be purchased at the pharmacy. But this exceptional tome provides the groundwork for what could become a lifelong passion, not for outward appearance but for cultivating inward beauty and vitality.

Each short, readable chapter offers a recommendation for tending to one's soul or body. While Moran stresses that beauty starts from within, she points out that some of the happy side effects of a "well-tended soul" just happen to be glowing skin, twinkling eyes, and youthful energy. Personal appearance is not discounted -- attention to grooming and outward appearance is encouraged, but as a way of reflecting pride in one's body, not as an attempt to meet society's expectations. The overall goal should be to do just enough every day to feel comfortable and attractive in your own skin.

Fans of the self-help/inspiration genre will no doubt be familiar with many of the recommendations in the book -- among the scores of practical and easy suggestions are making peace with one's body; using affirmations; acquiring one better habit; surrounding oneself with positive influences; practicing yoga; giving gratitude; protecting oneself from negativity; and nourishing the body with natural, wholesome foods. What is truly unique to this book is the author's warmth, humor, and down-to-earth attitude. (The book is filled with little nuggets of wisdom readers will want to jot down, but the one that resonated most with me was, "Being perfect is unnecessary. Being human will do.") The end result is an utterly winsome invitation to adopt a lifestyle that will produce inner serenity -- which can't help but show on the outside. (Karen Burns)

Jennifer Louden
...The book that we've all been waiting for. What a sensible, loving, liberating guidebook to feeling truly beautiful... (full of) refreshing ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062517333
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.95(d)

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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.

Copyright ©(2001) by Victoria Moran.

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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.”

Meet the Author

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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