It originates from the Latin bellus and beatus, with the feminine form evolving into belle and the masculine form evolving into beau. In the 15th century, the English word “Beautiful” eventually started to be used. Some related terms to beauty that we use include: elegant, graceful, happy, blessed, aliveness, vitality, radiance, pulchritude and attractiveness.
At times we relate to our beauty based on how our own light is reflected back to us from other individuals in our lives. Even as children, when we are welcomed into our communities and families, our very own light shines. We are welcomed, we welcome their feedback, and once again we shine our own light. Therefore, beauty is an energy exchange that takes place within a positive feedback loop.
Physics teaches us that energy takes up space and has mass. To create a conduit or space for energy inside our bodies; the body needs to be open and have freedom of movement, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
Beauty is responsive and dynamic. If an attractive woman or man has a self-destructive habit or attitude, that will detract from how beautiful they are. An attractive person’s beauty is diminished if they have poor body alignment. Rigidity and clumsiness distract beauty from being expressed.
From an aesthetic sense, we can say an individual has a beautiful nose due to it being symmetrical and well-shaped. However, a nose in and of itself isn’t beautiful until it is compared with other facial features like the cheekbones, mouth and eyes. We now can see how beauty can be a byproduct of movement, alignment, balance and symmetry. Therefore great posture is a critical aspect of true beauty.
Maybe you have even seen a statue that, even though it was inanimate, displayed radiance, balance and symmetry in posture or color features. Perhaps we remember a rock formation, flower or tree that resonates with something deep inside. This beauty makes us feel intrigued, comforted and inspired. In one way or another we are affected.
What is appealing as beauty involves the way that energy and light are reflected within the eye of the beholder. Those human characteristics that distinguish beauty are spirit, body, mind, character, movement and symmetry.
The following are some indications of beauty and great posture for women and men:
Straight toes with balanced arches. Toes remain centered and straight even during swing as well as push-off while striding. The legs are straight (and not knock-kneed or bowed) and kneecaps face forward. The whole pelvis moves within a gyroscope wave pattern (Back – Front, Left – Right, Up – Down)in order to balance the upper body’s weight on its central axis whenever you are walking. The pelvis’ gyroscopic movement functions also to swing the legs away from one another during the weight transfer process – from Right – to Left feet and legs.
Special Note Relating To Frame Size and Height:
A man’s pelvis is taller from Top to Bottom and narrower from Left to Right, compared to a female’s pelvis. Therefore, the visual representation of a regular pelvis moment on a female will be much more dramatic. It is more like that a man who has the same gyroscopic movement will be considered not “effeminate” and “smooth.” When viewed from the sides, the waist line is level and perpendicular Front to Back, and when seen from the front is level from Left to Right.
For women and men, the rib cage has a wide appearance at the top and is open, due to the shoulders and arms, are hanging in back of the mid line of the body. The shoulder blades, from the back view, are around one thumb width apart from the body’s spine. The top part of the upper back and top of chest are level from Front to Back.
Mostly For Women: The weight and size of the front part of the body, from the side view, (including the front part of the thighs, torso, breasts and head) appear to be balanced visually with derriere and arms weight. Actual weight and size don’t matter. It appears that the neck leads directly up from the rib cage in order to evenly balance the head from Front to Back. The jawbone in motion is symmetrical from Left to Right.
The pelvis and arms swing in order to keep the body balanced on its dynamic central axis. Whenever this happens, it appears as though the head is riding through space, in great posture’s dynamic dance, which is synonymous with what makes an individual, female or male, beautiful to behold, and radiant with personality, charm and character. If course, beauty is attractive and a natural instinct. To feel blessed, feel happy and be beautiful is a natural instinct as well.
Unfortunately, frequently the realities of living can cause us to collapse our posture and distort our natural beauty in order to accommodate others professional, cultural and social expectations.
The collapse in attitude, or its expectation, can even happen on quite a grand scale. How often do we see ethnically similar people, be very different culturally? Chinese American, Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan? Brooklyn, West Africa or Barbados? New Orleans, Montreal or France?
Even in a social or professional environment, we might know someone who needs to express a different aspect of their individual personality so that they can co-exist in the situation. It isn’t necessarily a bad or good thing. The point is, whenever one’s body is fully expressive and flexible, the person’s inner beauty really comes out.
Whenever our professional, cultural and family expectations allow us to express our real beauty, then it can be an asset for the whole world. Whenever we thoroughly know ourselves and confidently accept ourselves, it is possible to be beautiful, even when it’s just to ourselves. Whenever our body is responsive and flexible to movement, weight, size and gravity, it is possible to have excellent posture.
An individual who is truly beautiful loves and knows themselves and lets their inner beauty become an asset to themselves, their family, community, nation and global community. This all leads to one point: Great posture allows you to energy your light so that it can shine wherever you happen to go. Having peace of mind lets your body be free of self-doubt and inhibition.
The movement, geometry and symmetry of great posture is sacred. Whenever your rib cage and chest is open, and your shoulders are back, your lungs and heart have maximum space for respiration and inspiration. The word root “spire” for both of those terms can also suggest expanding the capacity of the spirit to enter the soul and body. Natural beauty measures this capacity, and creates movement, flexibility and excellent posture. Finally, it is well worth investing your resources, energy and time into developing and restoring one’s beauty both inside and outside.