By guest writer, Shel Pink
Decades before a holistic lifestyle became mainstream, an organic diet, the importance of regular massage, alternative healing, and how to minimise exposure to toxins in the environment were emphasised by my mother.
The Slow Beauty movement is the antithesis of the fast-paced world of the beauty industry that sells us quick fixes, immediate results and invasive options. This outdated perspective has us racing against time and fighting against aging. The Slow Beauty philosophy, a balance between expansiveness and restriction - a middle way, explores the big ideas of growing young, the spiritualisation of beauty, and practicing a renewed feminism, reframing our ideas and ideals about beauty; broadening our definition of beauty to also include health and wellness.
This Slow Beauty movement champions a long awaited and deeply needed communion – a communion of self with self. This movement is a march towards wholeness in direct response to a lifestyle that has become too fast.
My hope is that this movement and philosophy will enjoin all of us to live wisely and creatively. My hope is that we will have a global dialogue about the big ideas of this movement to uncover a deeper understanding of inner beauty, and identify the paths women and men are blazing to build bridges between our inner world and external reality, as well as discover insights to develop our collective vision of beauty, health and wellness for ourselves, our families and the world.
The Slow Beauty philosophy is simultaneously simple and deep, and it’s a personal choice on how you would like to incorporate it into your life. This is in no way an ideology. It is engaging and collaborative. I’ve been practicing Slow Beauty my entire life yet it wasn’t until five years ago that I named what I was doing after I experienced what is known in Zen as a ‘satori moment’. The phrase ‘Slow Beauty’ happened to me after my son’s class pet, a tortoise, came to live with us for two weeks during a spring break. I observed him daily and became deeply interested in his slow, deliberate walk. It was as if he was in a constant state of mindfulness or meditation.
What happened slowly over many, many years – from childhood to adulthood - is that I had been slowly integrating holistic beauty and wellness practices into my life, and launched an eco-friendly beauty care line, for the purpose of always bettering myself, and hopefully to have a positive impact in some small way in the world. I’ve always had this notion, this feeling, this belief that living is about personal evolution – it’s a slow and steady process, and sometimes you leap ahead, sometimes you take many steps back, or down, sometimes there are small subtle shifts, often it feels as if there is no movement at all- and that’s okay too.
Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places, and our houseguest, Torti the tortoise, along with the foundation of my upbringing and the SpaRitual brand, catalysed a way for me to express how I see beauty and the aging process. We are not in a “fight” against aging – although we behave like we are. Quick fixes and instant results are not sustainable – although we buy into the hype.
Beauty is multi-faceted and inherently spiritual. If you want to slow down, enjoy life and be well, develop a slow beauty practice to help you discern, engage and amplify what is a most true and creative process – being your most beautiful, healthy self! Slow Beauty is more relevant now than ever. We live in a fast-paced, post-modern world that shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of being swept up in the frenzy we can fortify ourselves with ideas, principles and methods to help us remain calm and steadfast. This requires a strong and tenacious mind, body and spirit. Ultimately Slow Beauty is a celebration of joy and a well-lived healthful and beautiful life.
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