As a board-certified ob-gyn and a passionate advocate in the spiritual side of healing, Dr. Christiane Northrup believes the mind and spirit have a direct impact on the body's ability to feel youthful and healthy. In the above video from "Super Soul Sunday," she shares a simple daily ritual that she says can have a powerful impact on how we feel and see ourselves when it comes to aging.
The ritual, inspired by the work of author and Hay House founder Louise Hay, only takes a few seconds every day -- and all you need is a mirror.
"You look in the mirror, into your eyes, and you say, 'I love you. I really love you," Northrup says. "And then you watch."
At first, you might not fully believe or place much stock in this love. That's bound to happen in the beginning. "What'll happen is the unhealed 6-year-old will come up and say, 'Are you kidding me? You've got cellulite on your thighs... And you've got crow's feet here. And, really, you should get some Botox here,'" Northrup says. "You'll hear that, and that's OK. You just do it again."
Soon enough, this daily ritual will produce a physical change you can see, she claims.
"After about 20 days, you're going to start to see the ageless part of you... come through your eyes," she says. "And then you'll start to believe it."
The reason this works, Northrup explains, is because the mind is a very powerful tool. "When you actually are telling yourself, 'I love you,' you're going to rewire something in your brain, in your mind, in your body, and you'll start to actually have it be true," she says.
The true beauty of this practice is that it has nothing to do with vanity or ego, according to Northrup. It's about the deeper love that stems from worthiness, and at the center of this transformative practice is both self-worth and humility. Some might think these two concepts are at odds with each other, but they're actually not, Northrup adds. One simple statement helps explain why.
"I love this statement," she begins. "Humility doesn't mean thinking less of yourself; it means thinking of yourself less."