Introspection is the least practiced skill today. Most of us are becoming mindless freaks tackling mundaneness. It looks like we have settled with mediocrity.
Coming at this day and age, the advent of modern computing made it convenient for us to do our chores. We have resided in the fact we can press buttons to get things done. We take pride in scrolling through literally Facebook posts and Instagram stories. We loving reacting without properly examining the situation. Gone are the days when we wash dishes, looking beyond the mirror and wonder how our lives have been. It is our classic paradigm – every day brings the same shit.
I am not saying this is bad. Yes, this is better than committing crimes. However, have we thought about living life to the fullest?
And yes, there are a flurry of notions that we can inculcate in this living to the fullest discussion. But for this blog’s sake, I am focusing on introspection.
Introspection is the capability to look within, be self-aware.
Self-aware is one big word. Mind us, it is not. Its practice is a culmination of living and self-improvement. We do not need input from anyone, we look within and study how we behave. This brings a cycle of self-examination.
And if we ask, what for? Why do we need to do this?
Living includes a fair amount of awareness – a big lump of mindfulness. We often misjudge this… our nature being humans is to shun reflection and thinking. As Daniel Kahneman puts it, we find ways to avoid analyzing not unless something is forcing us to – we take the path of least resistance…
Moving beyond our intellectual discourse, let us delve on how we can practice this craft. Here are a few ways to become proficient in the art of introspecting:
- Keep a journal. It will be best if we can write daily. But regardless of how often we pour ourselves into it, it is better than nothing. Reflection is all about recording and reliving the moment, getting the courage to move forward and learn from our past.
- Keep a Thank you list. Part of our self-awareness is to keep a record of what we are thankful for. It is easier for us to remember and be aware with all the great things that happened to us.
- Keep a list of our strengths. Say you are good with writing and public speaking, it will be in our best interest to know what we can further develop. Also, when we are close to self-pity because people are pulling us down and for any other reason, it will lessen our self-burden by referring to what we have.
It is tricky to master introspection. If we are happy with the status quo, we do not need it. However, getting the most out of our life is all about doing our utmost. Being mindful is the first step to achieving a well fruitful existence.