External Beauty and Youth? - or - Internal Beauty and Wisdom?

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"The noble promotes beauty in humans."
                                                              -- Confucius

The West is preoccupied with looking younger; signs of aging are reminders of death. In Asia, however, age brings greater beauty and wisdom; it is what we all look forward to.

However, if you still want to fight the aging process, you can look younger by following the fifty points outlined below.

1. Never stop learning.

2. Always stand on your own two feet.

3. Keep your distance from doubts.

4. Know that you are not the only one with desires.

5. Learn to understand others.

6. Follow your heart.

7. Strive to understand yourself.

8. Strive to understand humankind.

9. Practice being alone among people.

10. Practice being together with people.

11. Don't expect anything.

12. Don't be too happy about something.

13. Don't get too upset about something.

14. Trust your strength.

15. Never lose your capacity to be amazed.

16. Let patience be your steady companion.

17. Laud your critics.

18. Examine your outer appearance in the mirror -- and your internal appearance by the responses of others.

19. Treat everything in life equally.

20. Help anyone anywhere.

21. Don't search for profit.

22. Be careful with your words.

23. Control your thoughts.

24. Be happy when somebody else is happy.

25. Be empathetic.

26. Don't be arrogant.

27. Broaden your time horizons.

28. Take care of those who are sad.

29. Stick first to love, then to people, then to the law.

30. Practice forgiving.

31. Don't compliment falsely.

32. Eliminate fear.

33. Live what you know.

34. Be aware of your responsibility.

35. Consider your accomplishments natural.

36. Fear your ability more than dangers.

37. See like the blind, hear like the deaf.

38. Don't consider success a steady companion.

39. Walk softly.

40. Enjoy work.

41. Be a helper to justice.

42. Learn to serve.

43. Consider the invisible visible.

44. Be good.

45. Be courageous.

46. Be respectful.

47. Be faithful.

48. Search for wisdom.

49. Unite beauty and attraction.

50. Don't be fooled by beauty.

Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions Intl. 
©2000. www.innertraditions.com

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Beauty Feng Shui: Chinese Techniques for Unveiling Your Inner Beauty
by Chao-Hsiu Chen (English Translation).

Beauty Feng Shui: Chinese Techniques for Unveiling Your Inner Beauty by Chao-Hsiu Chen (English Translation).Many people are now familiar with the use of feng shui to design living spaces that harmonize with the landscape and that enhance the positive aspects of one's life. Few people know, however, that these same feng shui principles can be applied to the human body to chart the relationship between inner character and outer appearance. Focusing on the special needs of women, Beauty Feng Shui explains the spiritual and physical meaning of each part of the body according to min xiang shue--body feng shui--and provides exercises and meditations to restore harmony to those areas compromised by energy imbalances. A wide spectrum of specific beauty and health concerns is addressed, including acne, menstrual cramps, wrinkles, and overly dry or oily skin. 

But beauty is not only skin deep. Chao-Hsiu Chen also discusses inner beauty and how to strengthen it through meditation, visualization, and imagination. She includes daily exercises that allow the reader to deepen self-awareness, alter destructive behavior patterns, and create an effective spiritual practice. More than one hundred illustrations show these exercises and special Chinese characters for use in meditation and visualization.

For More Info or To Order this book

About the Author

photo of: Chao-Hsiu Chen was raised in Taiwan and has studied Buddhist and Taoist teachings as well as yoga. She is also the author of Body Feng Shui. She currently lives in Rome and Munich where she is a composer, writer, and feng shui consultant. 

Over the last years she has developed and expanded her writing to both, fiction and nonfiction as well as inspirational writing. To date she has published forty books, which have been translated into twenty languages. Her first novel, the historical family saga ‘Song of Hope’ was published in Germany in 2005 to much acclaim.

Visit her website at ChaoHsiuChen.com/

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