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Something For Every Body: Self Reflection

(At The Mirror, Otto Dix, 1921)

By Millie Jackson

The world, like a mirror, reflects back to us who we are. Anais Nin said it well:

“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are."

We have a choice whether to look at ourselves or not. I assume that all things have deeper meaning than what is at face value and that everyone and everything I encounter is showing me aspects of myself. Reflecting on my life’s circumstances and whom and what I experience expands my opportunities to learn about me.

I look at things metaphorically. This is how I see our bodies’ physical symptoms. Fixating on just the physical often misses the point. True healing can occur when the issues that underlie our physical symptomology are addressed, be they mental, emotional and/or spiritual. This may seem like a cumbersome way to experience life, but being stuck in unproductive patterns can be far more burdensome.

Have you ever looked deep into your own eyes? It was a profound experience for me, the first time I did. Louise Hay, guru of positivity, introduced me to “mirror work”, a simple yet amazingly effective tool for getting in touch with our body and improving our self-image.

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Positively Well

Something For Every Body

By Millie Jackson

Our thoughts and beliefs are choices.  We can change our lives by changing our minds. Louise Hay, metaphysical teacher and author of many self-help books including You Can Heal Your Life and The Power is Within You, introduced me to the transformative power of conscious, affirmative thinking.

For well over a decade, I have been applying Hay’s simple and effective tools for transforming negative, unproductive thoughts into positive, life-enhancing ones. Changing beliefs and thoughts about my body has been an important part of improving my health and wellness.

Because we accept our beliefs as truth and act accordingly, they become self-fulfilling prophesies.  What we believe about our bodies, therefore, plays a big role in determining our health.  Hay encourages us to expand beyond the limitations and restrictions of our learned ways of thinking.  We can explore what our parents didn’t know to teach us.

“Self-talk”, Hay explains, sets up our mental atmosphere and becomes the basis of the words we speak.  Our thoughts and our words are constantly creating our experiences. What kind of atmosphere are you creating between your ears?

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