Self Reflection and Silent Meditation

by Michael Corthell

Silent meditation and self reflection, can be and most often is, the most efficient use of your time.

Trust yourself, to look inside yourself.

We all experience rare moments when a blinding revelation comes to us, when we suddenly see things differently than ever before. Usually, however, we learn the truth about ourselves gradually, over long periods of time, from quiet introspection.

When you want something you never had,
you have to do something you've never done.

We are all spiritual, but some of us have learned to tap more effectively into the great strength that resides in the spiritual portion of ourselves. The spirit is not busy and noisy. Getting in touch with your spiritual self demands tranquility and solitude.

Make sure you dedicate a portion of each day to thought and study, to think and reflect upon your life.
''Self-trust is the first secret of success.''
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reflection helps you assess where you have come from and where you are going. You can reflect on life in many ways. By taking a walk down memory lane you can get in touch with who you used to be and allow this information to help you improve. Then, you can create daily and monthly reflection practices that move you closer to making positive changes in your life.

''The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.''
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can write down some major challenges you have faced in your life. Remember how you viewed these barriers at the time and how you look at them now. Then, spend some time thinking about what you would change about the situation if you could.

The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. It may come as a surprise to many that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what's going on around you. 

''Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing.
We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.''
Thich Nhat Hanh


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