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Finding Peace Within

Lessons on Healing Yourself and Creating a More Compassionate World

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Lesson 1, Day 5: Look in the mirror. Commit to yourself. Breathe.

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Healing is a Decision

Give thanks. Write them down. Develop this new routine every day. Close your eyes and remember that vision of wholeness you imagined on day four.

Now, look in the mirror. What do you see? Who do you see? All seven assignments in this lesson redirect your attention back to commitment. You have decided to become well. You have dropped the label of your diagnosis and reaffirm who you are. Is the person in the mirror happy? Tired? Is there a hidden history of abuse or abandonment, grief from a staggering loss? Go beyond the physical body staring back at you.

If you saw a child on the street, and knew all the things you know about the person in the mirror, would you feel compassion? Look at yourself again and see the child you were. Promise to give that child love, protection, nourishment, and guidance. Decide now to become the adult that you longed to have as a child, a wise elder who can make the right decisions and alleviate your fears. You are that person. You are the child and the elder.

Close your eyes now. As you make the decision to heal, commit to love and honor yourself. Love the child that you were, honor the adult, and promise to take care of them both.

Breathe deeply in through the nose. Out through the mouth. Breathe in slowly for at least four seconds, hold it for four seconds, and exhale through the mouth for six seconds. Do this again to get the pace that is right for you. Fill your belly with the inhale, compress the air out on the exhale. Place your hands on your heart. Now do this again with your eyes open. After the long exhale, tell the person in the mirror, “I love and respect you.”

The act of loving yourself is a decision. Healing yourself will require that unconditional love for who you are, and who you have always been. Make this commitment every day, every time you look in the mirror.

Affirmation: I decide today to love and respect myself. I am not my physical body. I am not my diagnosis. I am not my mistakes. I am not a victim. I am a child, an adult and a person worthy of unconditional love.


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