“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’
The mirror doesn’t ever lie to this question in a well-known fairy tale. In reality, a mirror can answer far more enlightening questions and there are ways to harness its powers for your self-growth, instead of such vanity. According to Louise Hay, “Mirror work is the most effective method I’ve found for learning to love yourself and see the world as a safe and loving place.”
Some of us obsess over our physical features in the mirror but many of us cannot even face ourselves in the mirror. We can transcend either of these not-so-healthy relationships with our mirrors to a more meaningful relationship of love, support, care and growth.
The mirror can act as your best friend that doesn’t shy away from helping you reflect on your true feelings and facing them with courage and support. For me, Mirror work is a version of self-talk. It helps to give yourself pep talks, whisper words of encouragement and well meaning advice, rather than seeking validation outside you. Mirror work helps you look deeper within you and make Affirmations seem more doable and genuine. It converts Affirmations from an auditory experience to a Visual one that have a greater impact on our learning and beyond.
How to do Mirror work?
Rather than us telling you how to do mirror work, why not hear it from the horse’s mouth itself? Louise Hay, the queen of Affirmations and the founder of Hay House Publishing is giving away her Mirror Work- 21 days to Heal your Life pdf book for free here.
Each day has a Mirror exercise, a Journaling exercise and thought for the day. There is also a guided meditation for each of the 21 days of the Mirror Work program and the book has the link to download the daily meditation audios.
This book is must read, especially if you suffer from negative thoughts and self talk. Perhaps it will make you discover your hidden beliefs, identify and heal negative thought patterns that you are oblivious to. The mirror practices in this book are transformational, yet very easy to follow since they are broken down into simple daily exercises.
So if you think that people who talk to themselves are crazy or if you have the habit of talking to yourself, know that science says such people are in fact geniuses. So take out your mirrors and get talking!