Now that I’m going public, I feel the need to ask if it’s crazy that something so shallow, my skin, can affect me so deeply. I suppose that’s the reasoning behind the title of my blog. It’s an argument against the old adage – Beauty is only skin deep.
In my case, my skin has uncovered things I would otherwise never know about myself. This is the nature of holistic healing. Taking a leap of faith to consider the idea that the only way to completely heal is to address more than the physical factors. I can have the perfect diet (and trust me, I have) and yet my skin remains the same. Yes, there may be physical factors that cause the issue, and there are certainly medicines I can take that mask it enough to present the world with clear skin. But I am not here to put a band-aid on the problem anymore. That only makes it worse.
I believe the only way to truly heal is to consider the non-physical causes as well. I’ll tell you right now, this is the toughest part. Facing old emotions and changing old patterns of thinking takes a lot of conscious effort. It’s painful and frustrating and so easy to simply lose faith in the process and continue simply looking for a physical reason behind everything. I have not even touched on the spiritual side of it all either.
So why have faith in something that you cannot measure? I suppose in my case it is a last ditch effort. I feel like I need to approach this thing from every possible angle. I need every bit of ammunition I can get. If I were perfectly honest, maybe it’s desperation.
What I do know, is that whether or not facing these deep-seated issues is helping my skin doesn’t matter. It’s helping me. And from a purely logical standpoint (the standpoint I tend to back) that leaves no reason not to approach my skin from the holistic point of view.
It’s been about two and a half months since I started considering the mental, emotional and spiritual causes of my skin. I can vouch that I have learned more about myself in these last couple months than I ever have. I’m learning to stand up for me. I’m learning who “me” really is. Whether or not this is helping my skin, it’s helping me as a person.
Maybe when I find my spiritual path I will find more faith about the holistic approach. But for now, I rest on the logical argument. And that’s enough for me.
Intention: To remain optimistic about my skin.
What can I do to uphold my intention: Focus on eating clean, exercising and positive affirmations.
Affirmation: I feel beautiful and free.