Mirror Image: Women Reflecting Beauty

I recently saw a beautiful woman standing in front of a mirror.
She was just standing washing her hands.
When I saw her, my reaction was instantaneous.

Every time I spoke I could feel something.
But I did not stop!
Then she was standing in front of me, and she just looked at me.
Then I was brought to a stop.

For that instant I stopped – my body froze as I felt the reflection.
It was so powerful. I didn’t know what to do, so I ran.
Running for me is just talking constantly, accelerating the momentum.
Not wanting to feel me.

Could it be that every time I don’t want to see my loveliness, I am not just running, but in this process I am also hurting everyone around me?

By denying the woman I am, I am also denying the woman standing in front of me, the woman at the grocery store and the women in the street.

What a vicious cycle.

Imagine if each time I looked at another woman and saw the exquisiteness of all of us, just how lovely that would be – a feeling of equalness in the connection of a gentle, yet simple smile.

What if, when I look at another woman it brings up something in me?
What if I just accept that quality in me, and not fight it?
And if I see something I may not like reflected, just see it as a wart, to look under – a gift.

By Denise Cavanough, Woman, 57 years, Brisbane.

Mirror Image: Women Reflecting Beauty
Imagine if each time I looked at another woman and saw the exquisiteness of all of us, just how lovely that would be – a feeling of equalness in the connection of a gentle, yet simple smile.

205 thoughts on “Mirror Image: Women Reflecting Beauty

  1. Appreciating the reflection that is offered with everyone we meet is to deepen our understanding of who we are.

  2. By choosing not to see our own loveliness we are hurting ourselves and others. The more I let go of the voices in my head that tell me I am not enough the more I am able to appreciate my reflection in the mirror.

  3. Every time we look at another woman, we look at sacredness personified. Every time we look another woman in the eyes we can get the reflection of God right back to us.

  4. Thank you Denise, accepting and embracing every ounce of the inner-beauty we are as women and living connected to this is a gift of reflection we offer to other women to feel the same within themselves.

  5. When we fail to appreciate our innate beauty we are dishonouring who we truly are and where we come from.

    1. Elizabeth, without any judgement or criticism intended, we are also dishonouring everyone not just ourselves, because to live connected to our true essence, our inner-beauty, is to also reflect the truth of who we all are to everyone around us.

  6. This would be great, to accept our quality, ‘What if I just accept that quality in me, and not fight it?’

  7. It would be such a game changer if every woman who looks in the mirror and does not see the beauty and power that she actually she is, knew that what she was seeing was not the real her. This would lead us to ask, why don’t I look and feel amazing? Am I comparing myself to a social norm? Have I not been expressing myself through the way I move, dress, speak etc so I feel full and radiant? If this was the norm we wouldn’t accept the universal consciousnesses that keep women playing and accepting less.

    1. I have started to do this, if I look in the mirror and I don’t like how I look I know something is up, I know I’m not connected to my inner beauty and I need to take some time to reflect on how this has happened and come back to my connection to myself. If I feel like I don’t like how I look it’s always because I don’t feel good inside myself, i.e., I don’t feel the true essence of me.

  8. I love the simplicity with what you share, ”Imagine if each time I looked at another woman and saw the exquisiteness of all of us, just how lovely that would be – a feeling of equalness in the connection of a gentle, yet simple smile.’

  9. I couldn’t help but return to this line: “By denying the woman I am, I am also denying the woman standing in front of me, the woman at the grocery store and the women in the street.” What actual impact are we having on the world and the amazing women around us by denying ourselves and living in an eternal self-critical cycle? It’s definitely a question worth pondering.

    1. Yes and the reasons why we have been encouraged to deny the women we are and who it serves if we are not claiming our full power. The more we claim ourselves and our sacredness the more this will be reflected for other women to be inspired by.

  10. Love the simplicity and truth in your article Denise. Appreciation and confirming ourselves and each other is like a glue that can bind us all together.

  11. Being able to appreciate the loveliness and beauty of another person is an amazing skill in life – as is being able to appreciate that same loveliness in yourself. I reckon if you can see it in another person you’re not far away from seeing that same magnificence in you.

  12. In deeply appreciating the beauty of who we are and honouring the sacredness we innately hold within, we essentially are deeply honouring the essence of every woman young and old in the world. As from here our movements are a celebration of the love we are, the love we stand for and the love we are united by, and when we meet another woman we then are open to feel this truth of who we are and be inspired or inspire another to live our magnificence.

  13. It is at the same time delicious and sometimes confronting to be with other women who reflect absolute delicacy, grace and warmth. I find the confronting part is to feel how I have not been living that myself, but also that I feel I am that too and feel like overwhelmed by the wow! am I really like that. This is a great reminder to just embrace all that we are by the reflections we see in others. Some people have mastered one part of being a women and other another part and seeing it in each other is how we can grow and be inspired.

    1. Yeh inspiration is amazing. The amazing thing about us all having mastered different things is that something you have mastered can reawaken something in me, and something I have mastered can reawaken something in you.

  14. There are many different ways of running away from who we truly are. Be that actual running, non stop talking or as I am currently experiencing (and have for what feels like lifetimes) having a radio or commentator in my mind blaring. But all of that stops and I sink into how lovely I am and create the space to feel how lovely I am, Beautiful.

  15. Denying our loveliness hurts everyone not just us and in that I can feel the responsibility to appreciate what I/we all bring in every moment and the profound healing that is on offer for humanity when we connect to our stillness and accept all of ourselves.

  16. It’s actually no wonder so many women are exhausted all the time as we spend so much precious energy running away from who we are. The continual denial of our innate beauty and gloriousness takes a lot of force and a lot of effort but in stark contrast living who we are is so very simple and naturally joyful.

    1. I agree Ingrid. We have so much to offer and are so powerful when we know who we are, yet we use a great deal of energy trying to hide it or avoid it, not daring to let it be seen. We are so good at this that we can even trick ourselves that we are not that amazing. Accepting yourself brings so much ease into your body and means you have energy to spare.

      1. I agree Fiona, tricking “ourselves that we are not that amazing” is, for me, the ultimate form of abuse of the amazing women we naturally are. And if we are tricking ourselves then it follows that it is so easy to trick others so they believe the lie too. In total contrast, to accept how amazing and powerful we are and to live that will naturally result in a joyful and energy-filled life.

      2. Yes.. totally agree that fighting who we are and not accepting ourselves is the biggest energy depleter and total waste of time! We are all amazing, all have incredible qualities that we so naturally reflect to one another – and the moment we see and embrace that, we inspire others to see it in themselves.

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