Practicing Renewal

Springtime is when we think renewal.  It’s when we clear away the last of winter’s vestiges and prepare for the new.  Our bodies, like the earth, spontaneously begin to cleanse whether or not we encourage it with a spring detoxifying program. Think the purifying March winds and April Showers.  More than the usual number of our customers report their skin blemishing this time of year.  Part of the spring ritual at JoiaBeauty!  After all, the skin is the largest organ of elimination. And, into this freshly cleansed and prepared “soil” we plant our new intentions and practices.  Without the cleansing process the remnants Of our old habits inhibit the new from taking hold as robustly.  This cycle of letting go of what no longer serves us and embracing the new is as basic as our inhale and exhale. It is replicated in our morning and evening skin care ritual, in the succession of the seasons.  When we plant the new seeds, habits & rituals in the spring we are linking ourselves to the natural momentum of the life cycle and are strengthened by this connection.   What new and renewing practice do you want to plant?   Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty and has a passion for practicing and teaching...

Shine Out:Reveal Your Beauty

1. Know it’s there. It’s your birthright. You’re a beautiful thing. 2. Bring into your being and your surroundings vibrant and appealing foods, products, information, sights and sounds. We’re what we consume. 3. Peace breaks. Brain research indicates that taking three 2-minute meditation breaks each day can positively impact brain function and give us an overall sense of well-being. My current favorite  method:Inhale deeply from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head chanting (silently or out loud), “peace in my heart” and exhale out from your heart chanting, “peace on earth.”                                                                         Shine out!!! Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty and has a passion for practicing and teaching...

Receiving and Giving

  A wise friend states “you can’t give what you don’t possess.”  Doesn’t that make so much sense to you as you read these words?  And, as I contemplated further it has so many facets.  We can relate it to our physical, emotional, mental or spiritual  resources  and more.  My friend offered this wisdom in a spiritual context.   However we think about it, we need to consistently care for ourselves as we are caring for others.  Easier said than done! We don’t want to let people down.  But it’s a basic law of nature:  if we move stones from one pile to another eventually the first pile will be depleted unless we restock.  If we offer nurturence to others we need to be open enough to receive something back. As I write these words the question, “What is the consequence ?” pops in my head. When I mentioned this topic to  a longtime customer, now friend, she unhesitatingly said, “I know about that!”  Yes, she does.  Over the years there have been times we might have lost this perky, bright-eyed woman to major illnesses.  I think for each of us the consequence to “not receiving” is going to be different for all kinds of reasons.  And, our bodies will let us know in small ways that if  go unaddressed become more significant.   But, when does receiving in become taking more than is our share – becoming a taker vs. a giver?  When do we turn the corner to self-involved and self –centered?  How do we know what we know what we truly require?  Often helping others is exactly what feeds...