The Best Self-Reflection Exercise I Know Of

This post is for anyone who wants to improve their life and state of mind.  You want to find a more wonderful place from deep within?  Here’s a very simple exercise I like a lot.

First calm your mind the best you can. You can focus on your breathing, or imagine yourself in a beautiful landscape, or whatever puts you in a calm, peaceful place.  Once you’ve silenced your mind (if you can), think on these three thoughts, one at a time.

  1. What have I received from ____________ ?

  2. What have I given to _______________ ?

  3. What troubles and difficulties have I caused to _____________ ?

I do this when I wake up in the morning, before I even get out of bed, and I like to do it for about thirty minutes or so.  Just pose these questions to your mind, and then give it a short moment to answer you.  Let your own mind tell you the things you should be thankful for, the nice things you could be doing for others, and ways to make things right.

You know that small voice I’ve been talking about on my blog lately?  That inner light?  That peace of mind rooted in something beyond anything outside of you?  That force, that divine intelligence, that pure loving energy, that … whatever it is … it revels and delights in these topics.  Just give it a chance to discuss these things with you; you make one step toward it and it’ll make ten toward you.

When you think on these questions, you’re tuning into a mental radio station that is very nice.  I would label it divine.  The first question tunes you to Thankfulness FM, your daily download of appreciation, positive emotion, motivation and energy.  The next tunes you into Giving FM, your personally tailored gameplan to make everyone’s life better, including your own.  The last question tunes you into to Self-Aware FM, how to quit causing pain to yourself and others.

Try it out.

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