How do you see yourself?

Do you struggle with self-love?

Try doing this today.

Stand in front of a mirror (full length works best), and really look at yourself.

Take a deep breathe in and out, and gather your thoughts and feelings as you go through the following…

What do you see?

Your eyes are the same that you’ve had your entire life. What story do they tell? Do you see your ‘inner’ child in them?

How do you see yourself?

How do you think others see you? Does it matter? If yes, why?

And here’s the big one:

How do you think God sees you?

Try praying these words, as you look at each aspect of yourself, one at a time:

I love my eyes Lord, because they allow me to see the beauty of Your Creation that You so carefully made in Your perfect love.

I love my nose because with it, I can experience the world more fully. I am grateful for all the beautiful smells, like fresh cut grass, blooming flowers, a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning, the smell of a newly born baby, and all the many delicious foods you have blessed me to experience.

I love my mouth because with it, I can praise You and spread Your Truth to others. I can speak words of love to bring others closer to You.

I am blessed to have my body, for it houses my soul. It keeps me alive and allows me to experience life here on earth. I will nourish it with good foods, rest, and hydrate it. So long as I am healthy, it does not matter whether or not it fits the secular ideals of this world. It doesn’t matter, Lord, for I unite myself with You in the Eucharist and You are a part of me. I cherish this body, for it is Your body too.

Lord, You tell me that You created me in Your perfect image. Sometimes, though, I really struggle with understanding and accepting this Truth.

Can you help me love myself better?

Please help me recognize how cherished and how loved I am by You. Allow my desire to be physically beautiful to become the desire of beauty for my soul.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” - Psalm 139:14


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