What if we were to truly examine our behavior toward those around us, would we like what we see? Imagine a mirror reflecting our behavior back to us. Everywhere we go, we would see ourselves in this mirror. Each word, and action, would be a reflection of who we are at that time. How would this make us feel? Would this mirror be reflecting love?
Now imagine being on the other side of our interactions with others. How would our behavior make us feel? Often people fail to realize the energy they radiate toward others. Though we may believe this behavior is fine, what does the mirror reveal to us?
Our underlying emotions can be rooted deep within us, they make up much of who we are. These emotions may not surface often, yet they are felt by those around us. It is these emotions others will feel, and experience. This is the part of us we would see in the mirror.
These underlying emotions direct our lives, frequently without our awareness. Oftentimes these emotions may have a foundation in fear, anger, or feeling unworthy. Yet they can also be of self-love, compassion and kindness. One way to know would be to look in the mirror during any encounter. Do we treat people with respect? What about those who cannot advance our career, how do you respond to them? How do we treat ourselves?
What words do we say to ourselves about ourselves when no one is near? How do we treat ourselves when we make a mistake, or fail at a task? As we look in this mirror, we may begin to see patterns of behavior that have roots deep within our past. These are patterns that have had years of reinforcement. It will only be through questioning our behavior—looking in the mirror— we will begin to realize our underlying emotions.
Any belief we hold within ourselves that is not based on love is a belief that must be questioned for our emotional health. If possible, these beliefs should be released from our consciousness, by asking ourselves if there is any real truth to these controlling beliefs. Is there a reason why we are constantly afraid, or angry, is the feeling of being unworthy an honest evaluation of life? If the answers are no, then we can work to release these beliefs from our awareness.
The intention is to have a foundation of positive, self-loving, underlying emotions. As we release the beliefs that do not serve our best interest, we can replace them with beliefs of acceptance, love, and worthiness. It makes no difference if it is a challenging situation, or a casual encounter, see ourselves in the mirror, then ask what emotions are we expressing. How are we treating others as well as ourselves? What emotions are being reflected back to us? Do we like what we see? If we accept that we are doing the best we can, the mirror may reflect a pattern of behavior that is loving, kind, and beneficial to everyone in our lives. Isn’t this the person we want to see in the mirror?
I like the idea of a mirror reflecting my behavior back to me. This may cause me to be a bit more kind, and compassionate toward others, especially in stressful situations.
What do you think? How would you see yourself in the mirror? Would you be pleased or shocked? Leave a question or comment below. I’m always interested in expanding the conversation.
This week my conversation with my Inner Voice is about remaining true to ourselves, Here is an excerpt from “Remaining True to Ourselves,”
Why do we allow outside influences to direct our lives in a direction that is not true and right for us?
It can be a struggle to learn to trust yourself with people attempting to shape you into who they think you should be. Although they may claim to love you, they fail to recognize the truth that is within you, this truth is unique to you.
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