Who are you?
Looking into my eyes is one way I bring self-love and acceptance into my being through my mirror work.
I asked myself the question, “Who are you?” while looking into the mirror this morning.
What I came up with this morning is still incomplete, but it’s a beginning.
“I am a soul who knows its mission in life. My purpose is to love myself, and help others heal by teaching them to love themselves.” I felt a sense of gratitude for this clarity in my life’s purpose.
“I am a person who wants to ‘be love’, and I still have a lot of personality qualities that get in my way.”
“I am a teacher and a healer.”
These are roles or archetypes that I have been influenced by in my life. I am also a student. An ongoing lesson I need to master is the ability to separate my worth from what I do, bringing my attention and actions into line with my belief that I am a human being, and therefore I need to be able to “be”. I need to let this knowing sink down into my cells. My mind tells me that my worth is not increased or decreased by what I do, and I believe it. However, it’s more difficult to feel it. This is a tough lesson for me, and one that I’ll be working on for some time, I’m sure.
I am noticing a growing yearning to “be”. I want more time to be with my granddaughter, with my family, with myself, my friends and nature.
I love seeing “mirroring” in action when my daughter looks into the eyes of her daughter.
When I first looked into my granddaughter’s eyes, I got the feeling of looking straight into the soul of a spiritual being. Now that she’s going on 8 months, I can feel and see the development of her personality. When I look deeply into her eyes now, she will soon divert her gaze towards some new stimuli. I can feel her sense of self developing as she laughs and begins to make sounds.
Personality is such a huge component of are makeup, but it is not who we are.
One person’s response to the question “Who are you?” was “A child of God.” I do believe we are spiritual beings, and therefore who we are goes beyond our body and personality.
As I continue to work with my roles in this life and get closer to answering the question of who I am, I notice a growing desire for more peace, quiet and reflection.
I wonder what you will notice as you ponder this question. I invite you to look into the mirror, into your eyes, which have been described as the windows into your soul.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!
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