Self-reflection is a process of revisiting and analyzing our past behavior. It involves diving deeper into our minds, to recognize our feelings, emotions, motivations and desires with an attempt to find the 'why' behind them.
At the micro level, we can evaluate our behavior, our responses to particular situations or circumstances and analyze them and on a macro level, we can study the trajectory of our life. This gives us a clear picture of where we are headed, and whether we are going in the right direction.
· Facilitates Learning and Understanding: Self-reflection enables us to decode our past experiences. By taking some time to think deeply and ponder the meaning of certain experiences and emotions, we start developing a holistic attitude towards life.
· A few minutes of self-reflection practiced daily or weekly, helps us recap our recent past and review our actions in a very detailed manner. This helps in identifying several minute details of our behavior that resulted from the events that were happening around us.
· Self-reflection can also be practiced at the end of every month and every year as a personal review. This helps us see the bigger picture and gain perspective towards life, ensuring that we're making the most out of our lives. Journal writing, taking a walk, listening to music, exercising, meditation, healthy self-talk. Identifying the important questions, and attempting to find answers to them is the goal. Effective and honest communication with oneself is the most important aspect of self-reflection.
Self-reflection practiced regularly, or after every new experience helps us enrich our lives in a very interesting way. Being detached from oneself, looking at the situations as a third person, or a silent observer helps us in being open to unbiased and honest insights about our behaviors in the past.
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