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3 Ways To See Your Beauty No Matter Your Age


“Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.”
—Rabindranath Tagore

We have all heard this sentiment: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To this, I would like to add that when it comes to how you see yourself, you are the most important beholder! When you look in the mirror, what do you focus on? What is the first thought your mind says about you? Do you see and get caught up in the surface imperfections and the physical signs of aging? Or does your wisdom and experiences—the real you—shine through?

You really do have the choice; it is completely up to you how you want to view yourself. When I look in the mirror, I choose to see my beauty within coming through the lined, aging face that my fifty-seven years have produced. We can all see ourselves this way. Young or old, we each contain the same light, the same never-ending source of love, the same magnificence of creation…of life. This is what beauty is: a beauty that lasts a lifetime, no matter how many years have passed.

It’s definitely true that our youth “slips away” as we age—no matter how much we may want to hold on to it. So we must look at aging, not about losing our beauty, but about trading in one concept of beauty, a superficial, external one, for the deeper one: inner beauty. This is what we can truly choose to focus on when we look in the mirror and share ourselves with others. Here are three ways for you to recognize the beauty in yourself:

  1. Redefine Your Definition of Beauty
    Just what is beauty anyway? I don’t think it is what the media would have us believe: that it is a thing we need to achieve or maintain. Since beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, don’t rely on an impossible-to-achieve definition of what makes you beautiful. Choose to define beauty for yourself and others in your own way. You have that right!
  2. Remove Your Magnifying Glass
    No one is looking at you with a magnifying glass, so why should you? I’m not speaking of a literal magnifying glass, but that part of you that tends to zero in on what you don’t like about yourself. Next time you look in the mirror, say, “I am beautiful!” Look past your perceived flaws and know deeply how incredibly magnificent it is to have “all the right parts” to make your human experience possible!
  3. Embrace the Truly Beautiful Things About Yourself
    Which of your qualities give you pleasure? As the beholder, it is in your control to embrace the beautiful things about yourself and to take pleasure in what makes you who you are, regardless of the smile lines that may have accumulated or the gray of your hair or the creek in your step as you get out of bed. Make a mental note of all the things you appreciate about yourself—those things that bring you joy and help you shine your brilliant light in this world.

When you live life from “the inside out” and focus on the light within you, you will always recognize, appreciate, and be grateful for your everlasting beauty. Youth may be a fleeting thing, but beauty is a lifelong gift. What makes you beautiful? I’d love to know!


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Life As An Artful Adventure


Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that,
the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.”
—Maya Angelou

Life is art. How many times have we heard this statement? When we hear something often enough, we have to wonder for ourselves, “Is that true?” I absolutely think it is!

Art is everywhere. In life, creative expression has myriad purposes, and the way we perceive art and its meaning are unique to each one of us. The same is true for life. We actually have the choice to “make our lives a beautiful work of art.” We are walking through life—journeying, if you will—from our own vantage point to a destination of our very own making. Much like an artist creates his or her work of art, we create the landscape of our lives with the paintbrush of our words, actions, and experiences.

What if we approached every opportunity and challenge as if it were part of some great masterpiece we are creating? Remember in school when art class was such fun—a reprieve from math, science, history, and grammar lessons? I have to admit that art class was my favorite. I liked it so much that I showed up for every class with great enthusiasm, and my teachers really appreciated that about me. When we approach life as if we are taking a lifelong art class, life becomes a joyful journey! And, as Maya Angelou says in the quote above, “a pure adventure”!

But let’s be honest: sometimes life can feel more like work than an adventure, or fun, right? One of my close friends is an avid hiker; she has hiked many mountains all over the world and has had many stories to tell. So let’s picture a steep hike up a mountain. There may be rocky terrain threatening our footing, a cliff alongside our path, some boulders we need to scramble over, and sometimes even rain that makes walking uphill a slippery slope. Nevertheless, there are moments of pure exhilaration, the beauty of nature to greet our eyes, the wisps of high-altitude clouds, and the sheer delight of reaching the top. Now that’s a masterpiece!

Like a mountain hike, leading a magnificent life takes effort. There’s certainly no denying that. But we do it anyway. We do it because we know that each step we take has meaning; it has a purpose on our life canvas. Deep within our hearts we know that the rewards of our journey are many. They paint our lives in brilliant colors, interesting textures, and abundant splashes of peace, happiness, and love.

Yes, life is art, and each of us is truly creating and living an artful journey through our time on this planet! So, tell me, what does your masterpiece look like?


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

2 Sure Ways to Really Enjoy the Heart of Summer


For most students, summer vacation is in full swing. At this point, routines have been established, and both parents and kids pretty much know what each day will bring. If you are a parent with school-aged children, you know exactly what I mean. At the time of this blog post, we’re right in the heart of summer—a perfect place to be for reviewing the goals we had before the season began!

One big goal for my summers over the years has always been to find time to relax, renew, and really slow down the pace of life. But, more important, it has been to find time to relax with my daughter, Michelle, and my husband, Dick. Of course relaxing and spending time with my daughter and husband are things I do all year long, but there is something magical about time spent with our children, families, and close friends on a warm summer day in nature. Just the word “summer” for me has always meant really slow down and “be” with those you love!

For many with children, summer comes to an end quickly and the new school year soon begins. Although we all know how fleeting summer can feel, there’s still plenty of time left this summer to get outdoors for a day of relaxation at the beach, park, mountains, lake, or pool.

In summer, we are somehow able to place everyday concerns on the backburner from time to time, so take this excellent opportunity to practice Focused Attention, the Living Present part of The Practice. Giving your kids your focused attention has the potential to deepen your bonds, nourish your hearts, and create lasting memories. When you set this intention of really being here and now, there are only two things you need to do to practice focused attention:

  1. Focus your mind on what is happening in the moment. (Keep the smartphone and tablet tucked away.) I know this can be difficult in all areas of life, but make it a goal to really be in the moment when you are with your children. For example, during a conversation, at an event, or even driving in the car, just be totally in the moment with them, making every ordinary moment of your day extraordinary.
  2. Use all of your five senses. See, hear, taste, smell, and feel the experience of being with your children. Really “see” them when you are having a conversation; listen to them completely, not allowing your mind to wander to something else; taste your meals together, savoring each bite and not rushing through the mealtime; smell the ocean breeze or the freshly cut lawn; take your shoes off and stand barefoot in the grass, the sand, or the shallow water, and feel yourselves grounding into this beautiful planet Earth. In this way, you are teaching your children the value of being here and now completely!

2 Sure Ways to enjoy summerThis summer Michelle and I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time together during my book tour for The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness. From one location to the next—over fifteen in all—we landed, rented a car, and ventured out into many new cities together, completely present for this amazing time in our lives.

Michelle programed the directions to our destinations into her phone and easily got us to the bookstores, radio spots, and television programs that were planned. We laughed in Scottsdale when the phone told us, You have reached the drivable part of your destination. Please park the car and walk the rest of the way! It was 9:30 pm and very dark! Michelle said to the lady, “That’s not possible!” With laughter in our hearts, we realized we were talking to a machine. So taking matters into our own hands, we drove one more block, and there was our hotel!

Many people have asked me which city and which bookstore signing were the favorites. I say all of them were my favorite because Michelle and I enjoyed every single minute of every talk and book signing. Really practicing being present in the moment during this once-in-a-lifetime trip with my daughter gave me deep, beautiful memories that will always be with me.

When we can show up for our lives and be in the moment completely, the sun brightens our days and the beautiful memories we make brighten our lives. Whether we are young or old, there’s a wonderful sense of freedom I think we all feel in the summer. What have you done this summer to enrich your relationship with your children or with your friends and other loved ones? What is still on your “to-relax” or “to-do” list this summer? I would love to hear your stories!


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.