This month’s topic at self-portrait challenge is enclosed spaces. I have been exploring the idea of being enclosed in my body.
Today I was enclosed in a moment with my body.
In this last week, my energy around the reflection meditation has become a bit more about “oh I forgot again and it is 11:00 p.m.” and less “this is the time I have set aside to do this.”
Today, I changed that. I created a practice. My plan is to partake in the extended version I did today at least once a week. But each day, I will do at least a piece of this practice.
I created a space for myself in our family room. Propping up the mirror that usually sits on our mantel, using a small stool as a table, changing into something that makes me feel good, putting on a little make-up. I made a pot of tea for one and a small plate of treats.
I sat down in front of the mirror and lit a candle and stated my intention.
I chanted to Shiva, hoping to gain strength and the ability to detach from all that flits back and forth in my mind.
I opened my eyes and looked at my reflection.
I had a tea party with my own reflection, eating a little chocolate, some walnuts, and rainier cherries.
I took some pictures of myself.
I watched myself in the mirror, noticing how it felt to be in my body, in these clothes, in this day.
I honored my body and its curves.
I acknowledged a power greater than me and blew out the candle.
This meditation is about accepting that my outer self and my inner self are one. It is about being as gentle with my physical body as I believe I should be with my emotional body because they both make up me.
Is there a separation between the outer and inner physical self? Do the voices of others speak so loudly in our heads that we forget to honor that inner beauty is the outer beauty? Will we allow the expectations of the “shoulds” to take over who we want to be? These are the questions that swirl around me tonight as I sit here hoping you are being gentle with yourself. That you are honoring your physical and emotional bodies. Hoping you are owning your beauty.