Hiding from your own reflection?

Hiding from your own reflection?

“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”

~ Audrey Hepburn

Have you been avoiding the mirror? 

This question popped up in conversation recently and the discussion that followed intrigued me sufficiently for a podcast and brief blog. 

We so frequently think about mirrors for reasons of vanity: estimating our image at the hair salon, checking our reflection in a department store dressing room or perfecting our make-up through a compact. But do we think about mirrors in other ways?

Do we ever stop to look beyond the superficial and into the divine?

“The eyes are the window to your soul.”
~  William Shakespeare

We live in a highly superficial — and often hurried — society. We often stress over externals and, as a result, either ignore or purposely avoid our inward life and soul. 

When the subject of mirrors turned up last week, I realized that these age-old looking glasses capture a potent and profound sense of reality. Viewed in a different sense, mirrors enable us to look into the eyes of our soul. Eye-to-eye, we are invited to view our truest self. 

“The eye is the lamp of the body.”  ~ Jesus 

While many may fear the presence of darkness in their own eyes or look suspiciously for darkness in others, I have learned over the years to seek what’s light. To look for what’s bright. To discover in myself and others what’s familiar and what’s welcome and whole. 

I hope you listen in to the podcast that follows. In it, I share three separate anecdotes from three separate women (one of whom is me). You’ll find a few reasons to avoid looking in the mirror — and then you’ll discover why you might want to change your mind!

Wishing you happiness in the mirror as you discover an inner self smiling right back!  

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Comments (4)

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    Maura, I think this is a really important subject. It’s important for us women to feel comfortable looking in the mirror. I believe we get SO much information about ourselves when we look into our eyes, not just at our bodies – usually focused on what we don’t like about the way we look. Looking in the mirror can be scary (emotionally), but there is so much learning there at the same time. Thanks for this post!

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      Glad you enjoyed, Kim. You are absolutely correct in recognizing that women see mirrors only as a reflection of their bodies — and a negative reflection at that! Instead, we need to view ourselves from a far greater perspective and learn to appreciate who we are from within. Amazing things follow when we discover and unleash the one who’s been hiding within 🙂

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    I’ve heard of and read about the positive things that can result from looking in the mirror and saying positive things. But this was the first time I ever heard of someone looking in the mirror and specifically telling herself she was unattractive before going out. I have to say that I was very confused by that. As the speaker says she was not depressed is she then saying she was more attractive than others so needed to bring herself down a notch to fit in? I’m confused but intrigued!

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      Kay, thanks for your comments. That “someone” who told herself she was unattractive before going out in public was me — way back in high school. The conversation about mirrors brought up my memories of lowering myself before going out the door. Believe it or not, I had no truly negative feelings about myself back then but apparently felt the need to stay close to the ground and sufficiently hidden! If you check out my face today, you’ll see obvious proof of a very happy lady who has no fear of smiling into her reflection in the mirror. Apparently, those days of playing life under the radar are way behind me 🙂

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