The simple act of looking in the mirror is something we do everyday. The last thing you see before you go off to work, into a meeting, before bedtime or out for a walk. Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? What we think and feel about ourselves in that moment is often overlooked because we are so busy, however it is one of the most impactful acts for our health. The strong emotions we have about our body and ourselves is with us 24/7. If we are enthralled about how we look this is good news however if we feel discouraged, disgusted, or embarrassed among other things. As I mentioned in my last article Cleaning Up the Moldy Oldies of Our Emotional Minds these repeating downer thoughts can cause many health issues. You can read it HERE.
I don’t know about you but when I look in the mirror consciously and for a longer period of time it is either in a full length mirror when I am assessing an outfit or looking closely at the skin on my face – and this act can spiral into feelings of disappointment and frustration or confidence depending on my mood. Truthfully though the former is where I land.
These moments of looking in the mirror are powerful opportunities to show compassion to ourselves. Lord knows we can all use more of that. These are the most powerfully healing emotions we can show ourselves. Studies show that compassion towards others or ourselves increases our body’s healing response and opens the rejuvenating flow of circulation.
But there is another interesting and surprising reason our loving action can benefit us so powerfully.
Water and Love Connection
In my book “Healing Your Life with Water” I share that we are all made up of 70-80% water. This water fuels our natural rejuvenation this is one of the reasons it is important to stay hydrated. But did you know that your emotions and thoughts have an effect on your “body of water”?
It astounded me when I learned this. Masaru Emoto, author of several bestselling books, details his amazing experiments with photographs that show how the vibrations of thought/emotion can affect water.
Emoto wrote “You Fool” on one bottle and “I love you” on another then froze them. In a cold environment he chipped a few ice crystal off of each and looked at them under the microscope.
The crystals from the bottle of water that had “You Fool Written on it looked deformed, and the crystals in the bottle on which “I Love You” were written formed the most beautiful crystals he had seen to date.
Please go to Masuro Emoto’s website to see all the beautiful colored photographs of these water crystals. His book The Hidden Messages in Water is filled with beautiful photography as well as the results of his research.
Of all the emotions written on the bottles, the water crystals with loving words and intentions created the most beautiful crystals.
But that makes sense – we know how we feel when someone shows sincere love and gratitude—we bubble up inside, get a flush, or experience a wave of good feelings. This creates a strong inner rejuvenating flow within our own body of water.
Mind & Body of Water Connection
We are made up of 70-80% percent water, and evidently, our water “responds” in a way to what we think and feel. What are we telling our body of water consistently? When we look into the mirror, do we feel love, gratitude, admiration? Ha! Most of us mostly see our failings, fat, wrinkles, and any number of imperfections.
Love Your Water
Try something different when you look into the mirror. If all you can see are the imperfections, look at yourself as a Body of Water instead…yes, a body of H2O. Compliment your water molecules if you can’t find anything else nice to think, feel, or say. Thank your water for playing such a big part in your health, for keeping all of your functions running smoothly and for rejuvenating you. Your water is listening and will shimmer.
Loving Self Talk
It might not be so easy to just start thinking wonderful things about yourself out of the gate. I’ll share an exercise with you that will help lower the barriers to self-love and raise compassion.
Do a quick assessment by asking yourself this question: On a scale from 1-10, how much does it bother me to look in the mirror? Be honest. Write it down because we will do a quick exercise to help lower that number. I know some days are better than others however overall would you say that the good days and bad days are even – 50/50? Or is it more 60/40 or 80/20?
Whatever it is we can all benefit from a bit more self-love. Lets give your mind, body and water connection a rejuvenating treat by repeating a mantra I created specifically for you today. It will help your mind and body relax emotionally and physically about receiving self-love. If you already have a healthy love for yourself this will serve to deepen it. I’ve also included a downloadable printout. Ready?
Mirror Love Mantra
I created this Mantra by borrowing from a relaxation method I developed called “The Miracle Relax Mantra” TM. It has worked wonders for many of my clients helping them to create emotional balance within themselves and within their relationships. It will help create a relaxed response within your “body of water”.
After repeating it hopefully you feel a bit lighter. This is good, healing and rejuvenating! If you feel the same repeat it again when you are in a space with no distractions and with an intention to release anything that is opposite of self-love and self-compassion for your highest good. Releasing stressful emotions about yourself frees up your circulation and confidence. All of this serves to uncover beauty that is within you always. We were all born with perfect purity and love – that part of us is always there. This will help you tap back into it.
Print the Mirror Love Mantra up and pin it near your mirror. After a week of repeating it notice how you feel in your own skin, notice any changes in your interactions with others and self-talk, notice your energy levels and if healthy choices become easier. Journal any changes.
Your body is thirsty for loving words and adoring thoughts from YOU. WATER you waiting for?
Diana E. Ruiz
Grief Recovery Method® Specialist
Diana E. Ruiz, M.A.
Diana E. Ruiz MA helps women entrepreneurs resolve deep losses in life and relationships through practical steps so they can feel good in their skin again and experience their true brilliance in life and business. “The work Diana does is personally freeing and liberating…the added bonus? I am on fire in my business!” Rae Anne Hall – CEO Forward Principles – Diana is an Author, Grief Recovery Method Specialist®, Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner
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