Mirror, mirror, on the wall, how can I learn to love it all?
Imagine standing before your mirror and asking this question. There will be no magic mirror answering you here, instead you will find your own reflection staring back at you, asking to be loved and accepted for exactly as you are in this moment.
We all have different relationships with our mirrors and it is good to not get too caught up in the details of what we see. But what if we flipped the script and allowed the mirror to be a place of coming home to love rather than judgment? We can make this a reality by tapping into the power of positive affirmations.
Mirror gazing and affirming is an incredibly potent practice that can elevate your mindset and shift your thought patterns, guiding you to increased confidence, self love, and acceptance. In order to begin this practice, we must first connect with a sense of courage and trust in our hearts. Know that you need not change a single thing about yourself in order to see yourself as beautiful, worthy, strong, and valuable. This practice will ground us in the knowledge that we are truly lovable and special exactly as we are.
Start simply. Choose one or two qualities that you genuinely love or like about yourself. Write those down. These affirmations can be something like:
“I love my body”
“I have a beautiful and genuine smile”
Personalize these affirmations in a way that the words you choose resonate in your mind, body, and spirit. There is no right or wrong here!
Stand bravely in front of your mirror at least once a day, gently gaze into your eyes and see the light of your unique and beautiful soul looking back at you. Boldly, begin to repeat your chosen affirmations out loud, to yourself.
It is okay if at first a sense of resistance or uncertainty arises. This is a part of the process and simply shows us that there is work to be done in terms of learning to love ourselves deeper. Continue to practice, trusting that where you are on your self love journey is exactly where you are meant to be.
Practice daily, and know that who you are right now will always be more than enough. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, and we all go through challenging times. I am here to tell you that no matter who you are or what you’ve been through, you are a deeply valuable, special, and important person. This world needs you, and it needs your love.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am learning to love it all.