Developed by inspirational teacher Louise Hay, mirror work is a helpful tool when cultivating self-love and acceptance. Looking in the mirror each day and gently communicating with yourself can strengthen the bonds we have with ourselves tremendously. The same way looking into the eyes of a lover can send feelings of warmth down our spine and in our hearts, the same way we can develop a stronger sense of self-love and compassion. When practiced regularly a lock bursts open strengthening the way we see ourselves and the world around us.
Just as the old saying goes, “the eyes are the window to the soul,” this exercise will require you to connect with the deepest part of yourself. You’ll come face to face with your inner child and uncover parts that have been hidden. Many pieces of yourself will make themselves known. Imagine being in a pond playing with the sand beneath the water’s surface. The fog seems to cloud your vision. As you watch it settle everything becomes clear. This is exactly what you will discover upon practicing mirror work regularly. What patterns are you repeating? Where do you see yourself limiting growth and potential?
Start by presenting yourself in front of the mirror. You can choose to stand or sit in a cross-legged position. You will be here for a minimum of five minutes. Observe yourself, set an intention, and allow your gaze to find a home in your eyes. The practice in itself is simple and straightforward. What you experience can lead down many paths of self-discovery.
Practice with Mantra
During your mirror work exercise, set a mantra to direct your energy. Is there a specific aspect of yourself you are working on? Be honest with yourself and show up authentically. Some examples include:
- “I am learning to let go and I accept myself fully.”
- “It’s okay to feel uncomfortable. I am growing through each transition.”
- “I am enough.”
- “It’s okay to feel sad and learn from these emotions.”
- “I am magnetic and beautiful in my own skin.”
Embrace Emotions That Arise
Whether you are in complete bliss or feel the heaviness of a trauma, embrace it fully. What can you learn from this experience? What insights are provided that allow you to further work on hidden parts of yourself? Take it in fully. Perhaps journal about any particular moments that come up.
Reflect & Repeat
Reflect on your reflection. Mirrors are a portal. In this specific practice, you are working with a portal to look within the portal of your eyes. The more you practice this exercise, the deeper you’ll go.