This article was written for Loam Magazine.

In the heart of our mainstream “wellness” culture, it’s easy to find yourself scrambling to buy collagen capsules and scoop up adaptogenic tonics in service of beauty. Silky hair and clear skin alone, however, doesn’t equate to beauty. The unfailing answer to beauty is rooted in deep nourishment. We generally understand that nourishment exists as proper food, adequate rest, enough movement—but even beyond this truth, nourishment is the practice of tuning in: listening to your best friend, your own body. 

Nourishing your body means paying great attention. As you take the time to tune in, you may find that your body craves an intentional, slow, and thoughtful connection to nature.

Nature provides the purest forms of beauty. How raindrops cling to petals; how the juices burst out when you press a berry between your fingers; how the wind tosses a leaf from one end of the street to the other; how the sunlight dances on the sidewalk, reflecting the movement of the trees above; how the quiet lays over the early morning. In spite of the beauty that surrounds us, so many of us search for the key to beauty in the depths of our phone, enraptured by the mass of “knowledge” pouring out as we scroll through. 

But you already have the map because it’s your own unique body that is  the true guide. Following this path asks you to exercise your intuition by paying attention to the wisdom of the Earth. With the food you eat, the oils you rub on your skin, and the time you spend in the sunshine, you continually have the choice to rekindle this connection to beauty 

Preparing food with intention that honors the liveliness of the ingredients. Understanding that self care is a constant practice of attunement and attention. Favoring simple products  that bottle the magic of plants to care for yourself. Recognizing that taking a walk or sitting outside can be deeply healing. These actions illuminate my belief that true beauty is about moments we can create and ways we can choose to be, rather than things we can buy.  

Beauty is not complicated; it couldn’t be simpler, really. Find it in the grass between your toes, in the ripeness of a tomato, the salty smell of your sea-soaked hair. 

Kelsey Gleason