The Power of a Self-Reflective Practice

We often bear witness to an endless stream of thoughts that occupy our minds at any given moment but rarely do we inquire into them – or in other words, self-reflect.

This blog discussion explores the fundamentals of a self-reflective practice and the benefits it amounts to in our daily experience.

What is Self-Reflection?

We must first seek to familiarise ourself with the meaning of self-reflection if we are to reap the benefits it can afford us.

The term ‘self-reflection’ is thrown around quite casually but what does it really mean fundamentally?

Primarily, self-reflection is the ability observe and evaluate the activity that is occurring both within and without. To explore the way in which you engage with your experience and how you process it as a result.

Reflection primarily means to assess the entirety of your experience both the personal and impersonal. That being what concerns yourself and others, as well as the surrounding experience you immerse within.

For example, reflection can include reflecting upon:

  • What you conceive life to be
  • How you feel in any given moment
  • How you respond to challenge
  • How you interact with others
  • How you interpret thoughts or emotions
  • What your fear existentially and deeply
  • What fills you with joy
  • What troubles you and presses you
  • What moves you and inspires you
  • What you find an indescribable desire for
  • Your epistemology - what you know and how you know it
  • What you believe and assume
  • What makes you both unique and alike
  • How you relate to objects
  • The things you love and those you resent

and so forth...

As you can see, self-reflection is quite far reaching and unlimited in its capacity. It does not just merely apply to oneself but also how they interface with what happens around them.

Self-reflection implies you become deeply interested in every aspect of your experience and discover what’s occurring within it.

To raise your awareness of these matters is the act self reflection.

By inquiring into your innate self and the surrounding reality for which you experience, you are then equipped to find new ways to improve your overall functionality and responses.

It allows you to achieve clarity of your mental faculties which of course then refines the way you behave.

A Self-Reflective Practice

Now that we’ve considered some of important factors of a self-reflective practice, what are some of the ways you might begin practising it? 

To achieve the most benefit self-reflection should be enacted regularly, taking the form of a daily habit. Engaging in self reflection sporadically or intermittently tends to yield very little stability or growth.

The best way to adopt a regular practice is by utilising the handy resource of a journal. 

A journal allows you to document the content of your thoughts and clearly visualise those things that often quickly disappear.

A brief journaling practice each day enables you to establish awareness and self-management.

This can then lead on to generating more awareness in your behaviours and events that proceed throughout the day.

Here are some rudimentary tips to help you with adopting a self-reflective practice.

 Tips for Beginning Your Practice

1. Ready-made Journal - Utilise a suitable premade journal or alternately a digital resource (such as Onenote) that allows your to systematically documenting your entries.

It’s important you have reliable tool for journaling otherwise reflection then becomes an irregular habit easily forgotten.

Choose a journal that best suits your aims and objectives.

We have the Mini Introspection Reflection Journal available on our store which allows for compact entries for those short on time or just new to the journaling experience.

2. Open mindedness - allow yourself to be open for new insights you may not be prepared to know, or have interests for to begin with.

This is an important principle simply because the very things we need to discover are often those things in which we prefer to avoid.

Be radically open-minded so when you are reflecting you allow for insights to naturally arise irrespective of their content.

The deepest insights will unearth them self when you exercise a level of openness that eliminates any resistance towards them.  

3. Authenticity and Vulnerability - be completely genuine in your reflection, hiding no aspects of yourself in the process. Allow the deepest faculties within you to be illuminated and exposed for what they really are.

It’s very important you act with geniuses when deeply exploring yourself. Be prepared to feel into things you mat not usually. Reflect with integrity such that you can then discover the deepest knowledge houses within you.

5. Contemplate Deeply - When reflecting avoid simply attaining surface level answers. Seek for deep answers that require you sit and contemplate for some time.

Deep insights comes from in-depth pondering and contemplation. You remain curious for extended periods of time and inquire until a change in your consciousness unfolds. 

This means that you entertain what arises for as long as necessary, sometimes far longer than first intended.

Be prepared to contemplate for long periods of time until the discoveries you seek reveal them self to you by their own accord.

It is here the deepest wisdom becomes manifest.

In Summary

By no means are these principles written in stone or superior to any other. They are simply tools that can help bolster and direct your reflective practice in a powerful way. Foundational as they may be, there remains an infinite number of ways in which reflection can be practiced.

Be open to learning different strategies and principles admits your reflections. One learns as they grow and grows as they learn.

Thank you for reading along in this blog discussion. If you found it valuable or wish to reach out you can make contact via the social media pages or alternatively email at business@eunimity.com.au

Until next time, take care!

Jacob Ryan

Founder of Eunimity