Meditate Your Way to True Inner and Outer Beauty

By Robin Tolkan-Doyle, Beauty Editor

Over the last few years I have dabbled with meditation, mainly to help alleviate the stress I deal with from running a business, a household, raising two teenagers, making sure my dogs are tended to, making sure my husband doesn’t think I’m ignoring him… you get the idea. At the end of the day, all these tasks are really just responsibilities, but when they pile on day after day, I have a tendency to let them stress me out. Meditation is supposed to help you refocus your mind, create a sense of calm, and learn how to not let the small stuff stress you out. It’s easy to say, not so easy to do. After a few minutes of attempting to shut out the world, my mind usually starts to wander as it makes organized and color coded mental lists of all the things I need to do once I get through my “meditation.”

On the days I feel extra burdened by the cross I chose to bear, I’ve caught a glimpse of myself as I passed by a mirror or reflective window and noticed how tense and unapproachable I actually look. Not only is the stress making me feel gross on the inside, but it’s also not doing any favors to my physical appearance either. All the potions and lotions in my beauty cabinet won’t remedy my stressed out and exhausted 40-something self. According to Yogmata Keiko Aikawa, that beauty secret comes from finding true inner peace from within.

Given the chance to interview Yogmata, about this very topic, I jumped at it. She is the first non-Indian woman to realize the ultimate state of Samadhi (the highest state of mental concentration that a person can achieve while still bound to the body), and only one of two Siddha Masters to appear in public to this day. (In case you don’t know what that means, it’s a big deal.)

Yogmata’s presence in the yoga and spiritual realm has been widely recognized by political figures worldwide for her blessings and messages of peace, love and unity, and has been featured on BBC, CNN, TV Asahi, and Reuters, to name a few. She has also performed 18 public Samadhis, most notably at the Maha Kumbh Mela, a festival held once every 144 years in India and attended by over 70 million people, including prominent celebrities and figures such as the Dalai Lama 14th, Madonna, and Paul McCartney.

If there’s anyone who could help me learn how to properly meditate while saving me a few dollars on anti-aging products, it’s Yogmata. Her teaching are truly enlightening, and if you follow them, they can act like a toxic-free dose of Botox.

How can meditation elevate your beauty routine?

Meditation is a practice that transforms a person into a virtuous and beautiful being. It is the process of organizing oneself and returning to one's original pure form. When your mind and body are purified, you become invigorated. You will also be awakened to cosmic love and your intrinsic beauty.

While we work so hard to live, it increases our ego, but it also stresses us out, and ages us faster. It makes the mind becomes stubborn and somewhat inflexible. If we continue to live in this way, we will lose our vitality and thus the beauty of our youth will also be lost. In order to live a beautiful life, we try to polish the outside. We carry beautiful things, wear beautiful clothes, and do various things to make our body lines beautiful. At first glance, this is beautiful, but if it goes too far, we become tired as it is not true beauty. It is not a beauty that brings comfort to us or others. It is merely a satisfaction of the mind, caught up in the act of dressing up. True beauty is about refining the inside. And to achieve this, it is better to live a meditative life.

How can meditation make you physically look better and younger?

Meditation has the power to rejuvenate you rapidly from the inside out. It makes your appearance better, younger and more beautiful.

We all have karma, the result of our past actions that are ingrained in our mind and body. Some karma makes you stubborn, obsessive, drains your energy and creates stress. There is no way to purify them and we just have to live with them as our destiny. But if we practice meditation or Himalayan Siddha meditation, which is my preference, we can be reborn as beautiful. And so, we will be younger. This meditation also relaxes the nerves and revives them, which makes you younger still.

It rejuvenates the whole body with life force. A person's energy is pure, undisturbed, balanced, and stable. You will be a person who shares peace with those around you. You will be loved by others. You will be trusted by others.

As you believe in yourself and the invisible essence, you will be able to live with cosmic love, vitality and wisdom beyond worry. If you practice Himalayan Siddha meditation, you can achieve true growth and true beauty.

Please explain what stress can do to your physical appearance.

Stress is a reaction to an external stimulus. The mind's reaction can be fear, frustration, sadness, impatience, and so on. Various emotions show up on your outer appearance while the experiences are engraved on the mind. When you look at a person from the outside, they can look tired. They may look fearful or cautious. They might seem tense and uncomfortable. Their face is not peaceful nor neat, and always radiates a confused energy

When we are faced with negative energy, we should accept it for what it is, trusting that everything is a learning experience. If we receive it with negativity, we will feel more and more stressed. Instead, we need to accept every encounter with gratitude. This will allow us to see the present moment with an unburdened peaceful mind.

How can someone incorporate meditation into their day if they’ve never done it before?

Meditation is a deep resting of the mind. Unconsciously, we are always trying to do something out of desire, or we are taking some action. We are scared to rest. Maybe we are afraid to take a break, in this competitive world, as we