What better way to start the New Year than with a resolution to love yourself. One of the techniques I used with my daughter when she was in high school was mirror work. She found it so effective she went on to share it with her friends.
Mirror work is effective because when you look in the mirror you become aware of how you really feel about yourself. When my daughter first started this work she told me she couldn't hardly stand to make eye contact with herself. I'll never forget the day she came rushing out of her bedroom and excitedly told me something very positive, kind, and loving about herself.
Mirror work as told by 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. I have been teaching people how to do mirror work for as long as I have been teaching affirmations.
And what are affirmations? Put simply, whatever we say or think is an affirmation. All of your self-talk, the dialogue in your head, is a stream of affirmations.
These affirmations are messages to your subconscious that establish habitual ways of thinking and behaving.
Positive affirmations plant healing thoughts and ideas that support you in developing self-confidence and self esteem, and creating peace of mind and inner joy.
The most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror.
Because the mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where you are resisting and where you are open and flowing. It clearly shows you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life.
As you learn to do mirror work, you will become much more aware of the words you say and the things you do. You will learn to take care of yourself on a deeper level than you have done before.
When something good happens in your life, you can go to the mirror and say, “Thank you, thank you. That’s terrific! Thank you for doing this.” If something bad happens to you, you can go to the mirror and say, “Okay, I love you. This thing that just happened will pass, but I love you, and that’s forever.”
For most of us, sitting in front of a mirror and facing ourselves is difficult at first, so we call this process mirror work.
But as you continue, you become less self-critical, and the work turns into mirror play. Very soon your mirror becomes your companion, a dear friend instead of an enemy.
Tina Kelly is currently helping people realize their potential to move past blocks and perceived limitations utilizing past life regression, between lives (the bigger picture), and by bringing mindfulness, or present moment awareness to here and now - the moment you presently find yourself in. Through this awareness you make conscious decisions without judgement.