Updated: Jul 17
I broke a mirror once, luckily I'm not superstitious...just a little stitious...if you caught the joke, you're a fan of The Office too I see.
I was 18 or 19 years old, I had been forced to read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, the renowned author and spiritual teacher, and I was asked to do a mirror work exercise where I had to look into a mirror, look into my own eyes and say: "Melissa, I love you. I really, really love you."
I snapped, I couldn't deal with the anger rising in my body, I felt uncomfortable, I felt rage, I felt unworthy, I felt like a liar and I threw the mirror across the room, breaking it. I stormed out. It was a feeling I never anticipated. I look in the mirror every day. But not in this way, not from a place of love. It felt uncomfortable and nauseating.
Years later, that same book and practice was the catalyst for my own healing journey and I consider Louise Hay a spiritual momma of mine that I just never met physically in this lifetime.
The concept of the vibration of love is central to the work of Louise Hay. According to Hay, love is a powerful energy that has a profound effect on our bodies and our health. When we vibrate at the frequency of love, we experience physical and emotional healing, greater connection with others, and a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
Love had always been a tricky subject for me, abandoned by a parent, receiving emotional and verbal abuse from another who professed a lot of love for me, being bullied, hearing that my creator only loved me because someone died for me otherwise I would be unworthy in his presence, not having a boyfriend till much later in life because my physical features made me somehow unworthy of love, hearing things like "If you don't lose weight you won't get a husband." and "With your bossiness you'll never be able to keep a man.", teaching me love is very conditional, and that a lot of me has to change to receive and keep it.
Learning about love from Louise Hay was refreshing.
It had nothing to do with anything outside of me. It was completely in my control. Completely up to me. It wasn't a feeling, it was more of a vibration, a state, a frequency I could tune into. A vibration that was always there, my natural state, like the blue sky that's always there even if the clouds cover it for a little while. This changed my life. This was what I needed to know to begin healing.
So I thought I'd share 5 metaphysical effects of love on our bodies for you to use as a reminder today:
Love creates a harmonious vibration in our bodies that promotes physical and emotional healing. When we experience love, our bodies release endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that promote relaxation and reduce stress. This in turn can lead to a range of health benefits, including improved sleep, better digestion, and reduced inflammation.
The energy of love helps to strengthen our immune system and supports our overall health and well-being. Love has been shown to increase the levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that helps to fight off infections and disease. It also helps to reduce the levels of stress hormones in our bodies, which can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to illness.
Love creates a sense of connection and interdependence with others, allowing us to feel more supported and nurtured. When we feel loved and supported, we are more likely to engage in self-care and healthy behaviors, such as exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep. This in turn can lead to improved health outcomes and a greater sense of well-being.
The vibration of love encourages us to be more compassionate and understanding, leading to greater emotional balance and harmony. Love helps us to cultivate a greater sense of empathy and connection with others, which can lead to more positive and supportive relationships. It can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and promote greater emotional resilience and well-being.
Love promotes a positive outlook and a sense of joy and gratitude, helping to create a more fulfilling and satisfying life. When we experience love, we feel a greater sense of purpose and meaning and are more likely to engage in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. This in turn can lead to a greater sense of overall well-being and a more positive outlook on life.
Now, remember, this is not dependent on the love you receive, this is about tapping into the vibration of love that is already who you are. And if it feels strange, it did for me too, so I practiced it. My all-time favorite way to practice the vibration of love or to fill myself up with love is a practice from Abraham Hicks and I want to encourage you to try it today.
Take a piece of paper and a pen (blue if you can), and yes, write it down, it's a powerful positive charge to your brain. Now take a moment to write done as many things as you can that you LOVE. Big or small, old, new, past, present, future, whatever you truly love, write it down, and don't stop until you can't think of one more thing to put onto the paper. Call it your "List of Appreciation". That's what the vibration of love is, a deep, deep appreciation of something. It's one of my favorite practices and always helps me work my way up the emotional scale.
Love, it's the number 1 thing I would recommend you learn how to connect with again like when you were a little child, to transform your healing journey.
Be sure to share your journey back to love, self-love, loving your body, and loving food with me in the comments or on social media. I love connecting with you! And if you would like to me to share more about my own journey with all of the above-mentioned topics let me know, I'd be happy to.