One of the hardest, yet most satisfying parts, of this journey is finding self. Identifying what you love and dislike about yourself can be really challenging. People don’t like to look in the physical or proverbial mirror. It takes guts. It takes a level of truth that can be scary. The mask you show the world (and sometimes yourself) has to come off, and you need to be willing to look beyond the surface. Today’s exercise is one I like to call Mirror Mirror.
You may have heard the term shadow work before, and this is the process of facing yourself during self-reflection. While doing shadow work, you are tapping into the Root Chakra, and unlocking blocks and trauma that may be holding you back.
For me, shadow work is key to awakening the Kundalini energy. The process can be scary, and if you’re not careful, you can get caught in the past. This work allows you to face and accept all parts of you. So, let’s get started!
Here is what you need to do: Before you start your day, while in the bathroom or your bedroom, I want you to stand in front of a mirror and analyze what you see when you look at yourself. And process the feelings that you feel! To really go deep, do this exercise daily for one week. Because only in facing and accepting ALL parts of you, can you truly be whole.
Begin by standing in front of the mirror.
Pause, breathe in and out, and then look at what you see.
What do your eyes say to you when you look deep into them?
Take a few breathes in as you go through this process.
What feelings arise as you look deep into yourself?
Do you notice a blemish that you’ve never seen before?
Do you notice a feeling of happiness, disappointment, anger, or fear? If so, why do you have these feelings? Take as much time here as you need.
Scan up and down your body as you look in the mirror. How does this make you feel? Take note of it, but don’t hold on to it.
Now, I want you to speak to yourself. Give yourself honor and gratitude. Out loud. I know, it’s hard. Most of us shy away and self-depreciate, but really look into your own eyes and you speak these words.
I AM a boss at work!
I AM a bomb ass mom to my kids!
I AM an amazing wife to my husband!
Continue through this process of honoring you. Whatever comes to mind that’s positive, say it with vigor and conviction.
Now, give thanks and affirmations to your life. Below are some examples for you to repeat out loud if they feel good, but feel free to speak any other affirmations that come to mind.
I AM thankful for my [insert curly, straight, etc.] hair that belongs to me and only me.
I AM thankful for my height that allows me to stand out in the crowd.
I AM thankful for the obstacles I have faced that helped shape me into the person I am today.
Continue to add to the list daily. Flow with your true feelings. You may laugh, cry, or even get angry at yourself but, by the end of the week, you will be in a place of comfort knowing you faced all shadows of yourself.
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