Use a Mirror as a Powerful Healing Tool
We look in the mirror to brush our teeth, comb our hair, and notice our clothing, but how often do we look below the surface? When you meet your own eyes with interest and curiosity, you cut through the destructiveness that the mind often musters up.
A mirror reflects back to you how you feel about yourself. It immediately makes you aware of your resistances, and it is through that knowledge that you learn how to heal the tender parts of your life. Awareness is the first step on a path of healing, and the Mirror Meditation will usher you there gracefully.
At first glance this practice seems so simple that you may want to pass it over, but I strongly encourage you to give it a try. As you look into the mirror, go beyond first impressions. Stay with it and go deeper, to that place that never changes, that place where peace resides. The essence of who are you lives within. Travel there.
There is something both brave and humble about meeting yourself where you are in the moment. This is where the miracles of life appear.
- Find a mirror in a private, comfortable setting.
- Stand with both feet on the ground, preferably with your shoes off (find a seat if standing doesn’t work for you).
- Lengthen your spine and close your eyes, then take 3 long deep breaths.
- Think of a short affirmation or mantra that would make you feel loved, welcomed, heard, and valued.
Here are some of my favorites:
- You are perfect exactly as you are.
- You light my world up.
- Thank you for being present to my heart’s yearnings.
- Your ideas and feelings are important to me.
- Please forgive me, I love you.
- Find your eyes and gaze into them through the mirror. Notice any discomfort that shows up, stay with it and breathe, and recite out loud your affirmation or mantra. Continue to look into your eyes through the mirror for 3 minutes, bringing your mind back to your affirmation each time it wanders off.
- Continue this practice this for 21 days and write down what comes up for you in your journal.
When you harbor negativity in any form, you stay stuck. Looking inside through mirror work and listening deeply to what comes up opens doors of possibilities and will help you through the bumps in the road. This work can be challenging, so make sure you have a strong self-care practice Self Care Gets Real in place for support. Keep up! You are worth this time and effort.