Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~Carl Gustav Jung~
It’s the bitter truth of life that every person is always judging others, finding faults and always expects from others. Have we ever thought of analyzing ourselves? I believe once in a day we should analyze our behavior. Before starting the day in the morning or before going to bed every night or anytime when we can sit peacefully in complete silence, we should look into our deeper self. We should focus on all the aspects of our personality, behavior, thoughts, perception, feelings, motives and actions. Not only on the surface level but deep down in our heart. We need to ponder over what we think and what kind of thoughts we create all the time, our positive and negative qualities, what we preach and what we actually do.
A moment’s insight is sometime worth a life’s experience.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ~
It usually happens that we even deceive our self by ignoring and denying our realities. Often we aren’t ready to accept the true facts about our real self and live with the lies and deceive our self and seek comfort in lies. We often indulge in self-defensive behavior consciously or unconsciously.
How long we can mislead our own self. We will grow and progress only if we tell the truth to our self and that is the real power. One should always be true to self and try to correct what seems undesirable or unpleasant.
A beautiful quote about self-deception:
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov~
Here comes the role of self-introspection in our life. To introspect oneself is really important throughout the lifetime. In spirituality self-introspection is referred to as “soul searching” or “connecting to the soul”. Soul searching implies looking deep within ourselves. When we introspect ourselves, we realize where we have gone wrong and where we are right. Self-introspection helps us to grow and focus on our goals. It gives us the vision to be realistic and not to judge another person. It makes us aware of our actions and behaviors and our basic self. It sheds light on our personal truth and boosts our self-confidence, strengthens us and gives us self-assurance.
In order to take new action or evolve as a person, we first need to look within and see where we need to grow
When we introspect we get connected to our true self or our real identity. Introspection helps us to assess our mental state, thoughts and examine our motives. It also helps us to self-reflect. Self-introspection enables us to watch our thoughts carefully and keeps a check on the quality of thoughts we create. It helps us to develop and progress in life by realizing our goals. It throws light on our accomplishments. By introspection, we can understand the situations of our lives in a better way.
We should always be careful that while analyzing or introspecting self we will never start feeling inferior realizing the negatives. That is not the actual purpose of introspection. We should not be disheartened or discouraged when we realize our shortcomings rather we should accept the reality, and always try to overcome our limitations with having firm self-belief and trust in ourselves. Self-introspection is the way to connect to the inner self and to come closer to the soul. It’s a process to become a better human being each day and helps us to develop self-understanding, gives us clarity and self-awareness.
So what are you waiting for? Start this beautiful journey to discover yourself!
First published here