"The Mirror of Self-Reflection!" says it all. I love this quote, and I think most people will be drawn to it as well. In fact, I was drawn to it when I first came across it years ago. If only I could just pin-point my image for all eternity!
I can never quite figure out what prompted me to study this classic. I suppose it has something to do with all of the "goddamn it" attitude that seems to be part and parcel of everything I do. In any case, I have always enjoyed and welcomed the opportunity to get back into the "inner temple" and soak up all of life's little treasures. That's why I'm writing about self-reflection. So, here goes.
I see now that the mirror is a mirror; and the room within the mirror is just as much a reflection of who I am. The same is true in all aspects of life. I no longer need to strive for perfection, because everything is already perfect. The only thing I need to do is let it happen. I believe that there is a great deal of wisdom about this within everything - including music.
The more I reflect on this concept, the more I am convinced that I should compose a song about it. This isn't just me projecting my own image onto the listener. I truly believe that the words are mine. But, I would like to point out that composing a song about reflection itself is not the same as reflecting on yourself. To create a song with the reflection of self, you would need to get really creative. Here's how I do it.
The Mirror of Self-Reflection! Sometimes, when I close my eyes and look into the mirror, I get a clear vision of my image. Other times, I get a foggy vision. Sometimes I'm flooded with light or sometimes I'm dimly lit. No matter what the condition of my vision is, I see myself objectively.
Now, I'm not telling you to ignore the images that you see in the mirror! What I'm trying to get at is that they are neither my ideas nor my desires. They are aspects of my life that are there whether I like them or not. In fact, they are part of the very essence of me. If I didn't have them, I could never get to the "who" part of me!
Now, you may be saying that this part of me doesn't have feelings. It doesn't want to be appreciated or fed. You're right. But it does have some lovely resources for appreciation. As long as you give it the proper tools, it will gladly use them to give you the gift of reflection!
And what is the gift of reflection? The answer is peace. Peace, joy and love. Those are the qualities that only come to look deeply into yourself. That's why the mirror is such a powerful tool for self-reflection!
I'm sure that you have noticed that when you look in the mirror, you tend to evaluate your features. You might be doing this subconsciously. You might even be doing it consciously. Either way, it's a mistake. Evaluating something from the outside isn't how to see ourselves.
Looking deeply into ourselves through the eyes of reflection is how to see ourselves objectively. What's the result of all this evaluation? peace. And if nothing else, that's certainly worth a little reflection!
Look closely at your image in the mirror. Observe the good and the bad. Don't be judgmental. Just note what seems to be working and what seems to be not working. Over time, this will help you understand what exactly your issues are.
So what do you need to do to get started with your own personal reflection? First, get rid of any images of the negative variety. Second, fill in those blank areas in your image with positive images! Look in the mirror as often as you can for a minimum of 5 minutes each day. What do you observe about yourself in that mirror? The answers will give you insight into what you need to work on!