Today’s meditation opens with a quote from Elissa Melamed: “Men look at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves.” Mirrors can not only reflect our physical forms back to us, but they can help us understand and reflect on who we are inside as well. When we talk about the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are talking about the whole person. What have they done? What is their character? We can ask the same questions of ourselves.
On the topic of self-awareness, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall’ . . . where did I go? It seems only yesterday that when I looked in the mirror I saw someone I recognized. Those little pieces of myself that I gave away one by one seemed so insignificant at the time. What has become of me?
So many of us who do too much have the experience of disappearing before our very eyes. We did not plan it that way. It just seemed to happen over the years.
Yet, if there is still someone to look in the mirror, we have not left completely.”
Self-awareness is important. It can be easy to give away small pieces of ourselves. We think those little concessions we make out of politeness or kindness won’t matter. They are so small as to seem insignificant at the time. Yet over time, those small pieces add up. We may one day look back and realize we don’t even recognize the person we are anymore for we have changed so much. We let our morals slide in favor of pleasing others, perhaps. We have stood for nothing, and now we are no longer a person we are proud of. The good news is that the mirror can help us here. A little self-reflection and awareness goes a long way in shaping us to be the people we wish to see when we look in the mirror.