I love that phrase about polishing the mirror in Chapter 10 of the Tao Te Ching. The mirror being who you are, who you perceive yourself to be. When you look in the mirror, who do you see there? What do you look at? A lot of days, I look at my hair. I notice how it’s messed up. I go through my old tapes when I look in the mirror.
Some days I look in the mirror and I feel quite good.
My hair looks good…I like the way my eyes look, maybe I’ve lost weight. But all of this mirror work is external. It is not like I look in the mirror and I say, “Holy crap! I’m such a miracle! How amazing that, with very little effort on my own part, I am a human being! I have survived this crazy world until today!”
What can we do when we look in the mirror instead?
It would be awesome if we looked in the mirror and recognized the miracle of our being. We see the miracle of our kids, our best friend, our spouse… but doing it with ourselves often falls to the wayside. We take ourselves for granted. I think that the reason we have such a me-me-me culture these days is because we are so needing this connection with ourselves, with each other. Like the oxygen mask in the airplane, we need to work on ourselves first. Then we are fully available for others. We need to connect deeply with ourselves.
Polishing my deeper reflection is about honoring what I see in my reflection.
It is not always easy to stand in that place of recognition of my greatness. What am I seeing in the mirror? Am I seeing my true self? Or am I seeing the structure of who I am in this lifetime? Who am I looking at?
Each day, we have an opportunity to look at our own reflections and say, “This is a manifestation of who I am today.” This is not the whole me. The whole me goes way beyond the boundaries of this body, space and time. Think about this as you look in the mirror today. Look deeply at yourself. Look at the miracle that is you.
I would love to hear from you. What do you think about when you stare in the mirror? What do you see?