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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 ...

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Overview

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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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)

Kristine Carlson
“A true spiritual friend, filled with thoughtful inspiration on loving and experiencing your own unique beauty at the soul level.”
Kristine Carlson
A true spiritual friend, filled with thoughtful inspiration on loving and experiencing your own unique beauty at the soul level.
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: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 650,234
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface: My Story xi
Introduction: The Inner Side of Beauty 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 Get Past the Weight Thing 23
6 Have an Ageless Outlook 28
Part II Actions
7 Adopt One Better Habit 35
8 Look Good Enough Every Day 38
9 Groom Yourself Impeccably 41
10 Move Your Body 46
11 Take a Saturday Night Bath 52
12 Get Your Beauty Sleep 57
13 Bring Your Body to the Silence 62
Part III Body and Soul
14 Befriend Discipline 69
15 Explore Yoga 73
16 Purify the Instrument 76
17 Help Your Form to Function 80
18 Speak with Your True Voice 84
19 Avoid the Uglies 89
Part IV Just for Fun
20 Dress like Yourself 95
21 Give Yourself a Name That Suits You 99
22 Select a Symbol 103
23 Establish a Self-Care Fund 106
24 Take Yourself Lingerie Shopping 110
25 Develop Your Sense of Style 113
26 Play with Sounds, Stones, and Flowers 118
Part V Quality of Life
27 Handle Small Things with Care 125
28 Preserve and Protect 129
29 Immerse Yourself in Beauty 135
30 As Often as Possible, Do Something Thrilling 139
31 Map Your Dream 143
32 Master Simple Living and High Thinking 147
Part VI Quality of Character
33 Regard Others as Significant 155
34 Become Magnanimous 160
35 Let Other Women Be Beautiful, Too 164
36 Understand: "Beauty Is Truth and Truth Beauty" 168
37 Be Trustworthy and Tolerant 171
38 Forgive Someone Something 174
39 Go Graciously Through Your Day 178
Part VII Nourishing Yourself
40 Invite Your Soul to Dinner 187
41 Dine like a Yogi 192
42 Consider a Gentler Diet 196
43 Stay Hydrated 200
44 Breathe the Best Air 204
Part VIII Nurturing Your Spirit
45 Dedicate Your Life 211
46 Trust the Process 214
47 Memorize Words of Inspiration 217
48 Respect Who You Are and What You Value 221
49 Be Ready for Light Times 225
50 Look for Connections 228
Afterword 233
Acknowledgments 237
For Further Reading 238
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First Chapter

Lit From Within
Tending Your Soul For Lifelong 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
Tending Your Soul For Lifelong 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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