Check your reflection

Cultivating a habit of self reflection is vital for self improvement.

Through self-reflection we can learn from our mistakes, release attachments, increase our enlightenment and allow our true nature to shine through.

Reflection also gives us a sense of perspective.  As well as taking note of what didn’t work, we also are able to celebrate in our successes. And to spend time acknowledging and praising ourselves for the things that we have done in our lives that have made us happy, and made others around us happy.

 

Start a daily habit of reflection today

Spend a few minutes at the end of each day, and if it helps, write your thoughts in a journal.

Reflection Tip:

Think about your day, your work, your life. In that order.  Reflect on what went right, what went wrong, and anything that you would do differently.

 

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Reflections

I recently developed a habit of daily reflection.

 

Reflection on my life, and my practice – and the direction it is heading in.  

Reflection of the events of the day, and what I would do differently if I could do it over again.

Reflection of my friendships and relationships, and areas where I could improve.

 

I try to use it as a learning tool.  To help me to improve myself – to grow and gain wisdom.

I have learnt:

  • Reflection helps us learn from our mistakes.  Otherwise we are destined to repeat them over and over again.  
  • With reflection we can more clearly see all the things that are going right in our lives.  And really enjoy and appreciate those things – instead of letting them slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated.
  • Reflection helps us to gain perspective.  That what we are stressing about is really not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things.  Will we remember it when we are 90?  If not, then it’s not worth stressing over.
  • It assists us to keep an eye on our faults and hindrances and to keep them in check

Make time to reflect on your life – at least once per day.  

This can be done whilst exercising – walking or running.

Or as part of writing in a journal at the end of the day.  The added benefit to writing in a journal is that it records a personal learning journey, tracking and documenting an evolving understanding and wisdom.

If you are facing a difficult situation or event in your life, it can be helpful to consider the following:

  • Describe the situation as objectively as possible (write it down)
  • What are the assumptions that you are operating with?
  • Is there another way to see this situation?
  • What could you do differently?
  • What can you do to create a change?
 
 
By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

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Everyday Wisdom #2

Stop, look and listen

It’s easy to live as if on a constant treadmill – you go to work, you eat, you sleep, you go to work again, and so forth. Until it’s the weekend again.

Make regular time to stop and reflect on your life.

Today, spend a few minutes daydreaming.  Without guilt.  Allow yourself this downtime, and simply let thoughts emerge.

Then listen to what your innate wisdom is telling you.