When you look in the mirror what do you see?
For most of us, we see only imperfections. 😞
We see the ways in which we don’t live up to the current standards of beauty … of success … of life.
For most of us, we are comparing ourselves to impossible perfectionistic ideals that we’ve come to believe will make us “worthy”.
When we see our lives through the eyes of who we could be (if only we were perfect) … we will always be exhausted and feel unworthy.
But, the truth is, that we are all imperfect … all of the time.
You tell yourself that you will relax and love yourself once you’ve reached the unattainable perfectionistic ideals … so you are never truly able to love yourself as you are right now.
You contort yourself to make it look like you are living your ideal life … and in doing so you reject this present moment.
You’re being too hard on yourself!
What if … in this moment, you could drop the perfect ideals of how you want your life to be and simply love what is?
Here’s an exercise to try when you’re being too hard on yourself:
Imagine that you could release all the ways that you’ve been programmed to judge yourself as less than.
Imagine all your self-judgment falling away.
Don’t you feel lighter?
Now, imagine that you could see only through the lens of self-compassion when you open your eyes again.
Open your eyes and notice what you see.
Can you see how wise your eyes are?
Can you see the light of your spirit in your face?
Can you see how your “imperfections” have made you … you? … How your “brokenness” has made you strong?
Can you give yourself credit for all the things you’ve done well instead of just seeing the times you’ve made mistakes?
Can you validate your beauty and your strength and your wisdom and your joy … without rejecting your sadness, your confusion, your struggles and your overwhelm?
How did that exercise feel? ⬇️⬇️⬇️ Let me know in the comments below!
And don’t forget to give yourself the gift of loving kindness today.