Beauty that Shines from Within
“Your body is the harp of your soul. It is yours to bring forth sweet music or confused sounds.” – Kahlil Gibran
As an avid observer of trends and trend predictions, I have noted a significant shift in what we find beautiful in our culture.
Instead of continuing to value youth for the sake of youth and flawlessness for the sake of flawlessness, I find that as people awaken, they are starting to look less for commonly held ideals of perfection in terms of external beauty and more for beauty that shines from within and manifests without in the form of a fresh, natural glow.
Personal authenticity is growing more valuable while plastic perfection is being seen for the illusion that it is.
Any good art designer or plastic surgeon can produce a perfect image. That’s old hat. The new beauty (you might say it is the “original beauty”) is one that shines from within – not just some image of commonly accepted perfection that we are conditioned to call “beauty.”
Clarity and love are the new beauty and, over time, those who embody unconditional love and increase the love-light within themselves will be seen to be (and actually will be) physically more attractive.
Plastic surgery, chemicals and the like place more density and poison in our being. With your New Energy Body you will naturally blossom into greater visual beauty too!
I already see my contemporaries preferring to be around others that are pure of purpose and of spirit.
The people that I know of that are leaders and think for themselves are choosing friends, dates and mates who embody this inner beauty first; beauty for the sake of beauty is not “de rigeur” and will eventually be recognized as meaningless as more and more people awaken to the illusion of the old beauty.
People want to be around other people that make them feel good and are good to others. I mention this specifically because so many of my readers are in search of ways to become more attractive and may have been drawn to this book in an attempt to improve their physical appearance.
That will come; I can assure you – for the rejuvenation of the body, the heart and your hidden energy source are all inexorably connected.
An authentic glow, the result of dropping old patterns, aggression and fears and truly being oneself is the new “hot.”
Are you ready to sizzle?
FROM: The New Energy Body by Natalia Rose
Coconut Yam “Cookies”
You can bake the yam “cookies” without any coconut or agave nectar, if preferred.
2 Korean yams, scrubbed clean, sliced 1⁄2-inch thick
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons raw unsweetened coconut flakes
Preheat the oven to 37.5ºF.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place the yam slices in a single layer.
Drizzle with agave nectar and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Bake for 25−30 minutes until the centers are soft and chewy.
Makes about 12 cookies
FROM: The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes To Supercharge Your Life by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi
Raw tomato soup topped with shredded raw goat cheese
5 Roma or Holland tomatoes, diced
4 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water until soft and diced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, diced
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
1/2 cup raw cheddar-style goat cheese, shredded
Sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the shredded cheese. Distribute evenly into soup bowls and top with shredded cheese. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.
Recipe from Detox 4 Women by Natalia Rose
THAI CARROT SOUP
(makes 4 servings)
15 carrots, cut into 1 to 2-inch slices
32 ounces Pacific vegetable broth
2 tablespoons lemongrass
1 small Spanish onion, chopped
3 tablespoons curry (or to taste)
3 tablespoons Spike
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 to 3 cloves garlic
Place the carrots, broth, lemongrass, and onion into a soup pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the carrots are medium-soft (you should be able to pierce with a fork). Let it cool. Put small batches (about 2 cups at a time) of the mixture into your blender and purée. Once it’s all puréed, add the curry, Spike, ginger, and garlic until it suits your taste. Serve with fresh cilantro.
FROM: The Packaged Extremely Green Detox
Cooked foods and non-vegan foods are not the enemy: just as all raw or vegan foods are not fit for cleansing. It’s not as “black-and-white” as raw vs. cooked, or vegan vs. meat eater.
Intelligent cleansing is much more of a tapestry of what is good for our physiology, while also balanced for our emotions and yet also convenient for our lifestyle.
Yes, raw fruits and vegetables are the purest food for man, but knowing what we know about women today, we know that a woman fed exclusively on raw fruits and vegetables would bloat up and awaken waste that she could not pass fully on her own, and possibly arouse symptoms that would make her terribly uncomfortable.
Our bodies are more compromised and we have more addictions and social pressures around food. All of this must be tempered with what we know about cleansing for it to be of real, lasting effect. Including fish and goat cheese may not be pure foods but that’s okay. We need less-than-pure foods to intelligently cleanse in today’s world and in today’s body.
When it comes to detoxification, cooked vegetables, fish, and raw cheeses can be much more helpful than the common raw or vegan diet for several reasons.
(1) By incorporating some cooked and non-vegan foods, the body is prevented from over cleansing. The raw fruits and vegetables magnetize the acid waste out of the cells with their rich alkalinity, high enzyme content, and hydration. If we were to eat raw, water-containing fruits and vegetables exclusively at every meal we would be “awakening” copious amounts of waste at every meal. This would overwhelm the bowel and make detox an untenable experience riddled with cleansing symptoms and much reabsorbed waste. (When waste is not eliminated after a few days of awakening, it recirculates in the body and becomes reabsorbed into the tissues.)
(2) These high-quality, non-raw-vegan choices are easier to digest than many raw-vegan foods, and
(3) These foods provide enjoyment and stimulation without feeding yeast.
Cooked foods, which are usually shunned in detox and raw-diet programs, are actually a help and not a hindrance when cleansing. The cooked food helps slow the cleanse to the perfect degree for maximum waste elimination without reabsorption. I cannot count the number of raw food women who have come to me for help after months of trying to be all raw. The raw food propaganda out there is very alluring. But without intelligent transition and bowel cleansing, it is a disaster for women.
Extract from Detox 4 Women by Natalia Rose
Raw Harvest Butternut and Coconut Soup
(Suitable for all levels of cooking ability)
Meat of 2 young coconuts
1½ cups coconut water
1 cup butternut or pumpkin cubes (about 1-inch cubes)
8 organic dates or 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 pinch nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
Recipe from The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose