Mindful moment… What does your reflection tell you?
Louise Hay, the great-grandmother of the self-help world died at the age of 90 last week. Her best-selling book You Can Heal Your Life - which argues that all the problems in our lives can be solved by forgiving others and learning to love yourself - was read by millions around the world, as were the many books published by her company, Hay House.
But Hay's main legacy is affirmations. She recommended something called 'mirror work' which involved repeating the phrase "I love and approve of myself" while looking at your reflection every day.
It sounds cheesy and awful, doesn't it? But it's also very interesting. You'd be surprised at how hard it is just to look at yourself and say good things to yourself.
Instead, what comes up is all the bad thoughts that knock around your head all day. I'm too fat to love myself. I'm too old. I'm too damaged… This, argued Hay, is where all our problems start - but also where they can be solved.
Learn to love yourself, she believed, and everything changes.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net