“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” ~Steve Jobs
Lets face it life these days can get frenetically busy and taking regular time out to reflect on one’s life experiences is often relegated to the “would be nice when I have time” pile but research shows reflection to be a powerful mechanism, necessary for learning and personal growth.
We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.
Reflection helps us to build upon the successful moments and break free from the self-doubt that holds us back from embracing our true dreams and living a fulfilling life.
Reflection is not about reliving negative past experiences. Dwelling in the past is just as unproductive and unhealthy as stressing about the future. We cannot hope to change the past. What we can do though, is cultivate self-compassion to reflect on and learn from what is happening right now. This is what helps us to embrace a vibrant life and allows our soul to flourish.
On a Soul Journey we will be encouraging you to carve out some ‘soulo’ time for your sessions of self-reflection.
Many people find it helpful to sit down somewhere that is quiet and write down their thoughts and feelings in a private journal. Others find it easier to listen to their inner voice and consider their past experiences as they go for a long walk, or as they practice meditation. Others may choose to sit or walk in nature. There is no “right” or “wrong” way. Select the space or activity that helps you to best feel relaxed and calm as you look back on your past in a constructive way.
Follow these 5 key guidelines for Reflection
Listen to your inner voice
Let your mind float
Stand back from activity and be still
Be honest with yourself
Trust that the act of reflecting helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings, and work out ways of dealing with difficulties.