Socrates told us centuries ago to “Know Thyself” and that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Self-reflection and self-inquiry are powerful tools to help you see what you are doing and become more conscious in your choices.
If these skills are so essential, why don’t we learn them in school? What could be more valuable than knowing who you are, what you are here to do, and how to make shifts to do it well? I guess that just leaves an opening for adult education and sites like the Mind-Body Training Community. 🙂
Today’s post gives you another powerful practice to grow your self-awareness and inner knowing. In our last post, we talked about how to begin the day from a calm center and remember that calm centered feeling during your day. Here’s a simple practice to do at day’s end:
Daily Recollection Practice:
1. At the end of the day, lay down in bed on your back and relax your hands on your lower abdomen. Take a few slow deep breaths. Feel your abdomen rise with your in-breath and fall with your out-breath.
2. Recall the moment when you woke up that morning and how you felt at that time. Then, slowly go through your day hour by hour and recall the events that you remember. Make particular note of how you felt during each event.
3. Most importantly, as you go through each event, observe it with an attitude of curiosity and without reacting to it. Let the events come into your awareness, remember what they felt like, and allow them to recede as the next event takes its place. Continue through your day until you reach the time when you are lying in bed right now.
4. Take several more slow, deep breaths and allow yourself to drift off to sleep.
This practice gives you greater self awareness. It helps you process what happened and let it go, so you can have a good rest. Most importantly, it connects the events of your life to your deeper observing awareness and conscious presence.
Enjoy your practice!
P.S. Self-awareness practice takes energy and being in the right frame of mind. Check out “The Unexplored Parallel”” to learn a simple technique to support your self-growth practice.