We begin this series today to alert you, inspire you, and support you to see, to feel, and to know yourself. Each post will be an invitation to look into the mirror of nature, of life, or your own being to catch glimpses of beauty and know you are blessed.
What do we mean by the ‘mirror of something’?
We look into the mirror often – several times a day. Some are compulsive, worried; few are admiring, endearing; and many look without seeing. We spend an inordinate amount of time, energy and money concerned about our external beauty – without apparent satisfaction.
We fix our hair, check for wrinkles, pull unwanted hairs, and for goodness sake, let there be no streak or smear or embarrassing messes. Most gaze only at the surface appearances. Most are concerned only about what others will see and what they will think.
Some look to see themselves – without this look, there is little self-awareness of how they are present in the world. Few of us actually gaze a little deeper – few take time to connect to who is really looking into that mirror.
It has been said, “The eyes are the mirror of the soul.” We know this depth when gazing into the eyes of our beloved. We recognize this truth when we hold a young infant and feel the wisdom of eternity gazing back at us. But, do we see it when we look into our own eyes? Do we dare SEE our own SOUL?
So often, we blind ourselves with projections of expectations, emotions held over from unresolved past experiences and false beliefs that cloud our perceptions. When we look in the mirror, our eyes are glazed over, veiled so we cannot see / feel the Truth. We glance when no one is looking. We turn away when the reflection is objective and clear. And so, we into our day with our burdens intact and our old beliefs unchanged.
The upcoming posts are taken from Journeys into the Mirror written by Janneke Koole, one of the leaders on the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Each post will invite you to look and see – to really see and get to know who it is that is looking in the mirror. You will be invited to look into nature as if it were a mirror.
Nature, our Great Mother, is calling us. As you read the posts, take a moment to stop your busy-ness and listen. Open your heart and let the smile of recognition nourish your inner beauty. In this way, you will be blessed this day – and you will be a greater blessing to others.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.