Thursday, October 16, 2008

Your Mirror

One of the most interesting things you can do in your life is pass a mirror.  

Sounds simple enough right?  I mean how many times have you done just that, pass a mirror?

The next time you do so I would like you try something different.  The next time you pass a mirror, look.  Look into the complete reflection staring back at you.  Look at the colors in your eyes, the shape of your face, the line of your jaw.  Look at your neck, your chest, and absorb what the world sees.  

Then I want you to listen.  Listen to what your mind says to you when you first catch that glimpse.  What does it say?  Can you hear it?  Does your mind compliment you, or does it criticize you?  Do you hear language that encourages you or minimizes you?  Are you hearing your mind be kind or are you hearing an abusive form of language?

We don't often take the time to hear our own thoughts, and that is the problem.  Most of us are listening to faulty negative programming all day long, yet we are unaware of it.  We hear ourselves tell us we are stupid, ugly, fat, disgusting, or old.  Our thoughts, gone unchecked reinforce old thought patterns perhaps we adopted in childhood.  Because we were never taught to listen to our thoughts, over and over negative thoughts get laid down like roads in our minds.

It is time to unlearn.  If you are reading this, you probably already know what I mean.  Thought processes are simply learned.  You can change your mind, and the language in your head, but first you must hear it.