When I first began to put together mental constructs of facts and concepts about the human experience and the universe around us my focus was not on how these mental representations could benefit me, it was on making them deeply insightful, thorough and evolving with the advent of new discoveries and theories.
Even though I was making changes as time went by I’ve come to realize that my efforts in being introspective and questioning many actions lacked a strong enough sense of urgency. These periods were too far and in between. I had no one to help push me on, to converse with about self discovery.
So this post is about keeping the faith and make being mindful(looking at your thoughts and emotions) a normal part of your life and taking the time to learn new things about the human body and the world.
Try and have visual triggers in strategic places you move through on a daily basis. Something that will make you think of being mindful and will push you to devote some time to learning. Many times after moments of mindfulness and introspection we can get drowned in the maelstrom of thoughts and emotions that are produced by every day life and we forget to look inward. I believe a small object, a logo or insignia, a piece of art can be something that will help to spur you on to making your personal methods of self discovery an everyday practice.
- Use visual triggers.
- Make an effort and make time to read and learn some new piece of information you can add to your knowledge base of self discovery and the world.
- Make friends online and in your community with others to create a support base.
- Help others who are interested in self discovery.
- Think of changes in behavior and viewpoints you’ve made because of your journey that have made your life better. Another motivator.
Back to my own experience, so easy to forget what you have learned, to not apply it and get caught up in acquiring things to display you are surviving and are successful in the eyes of society. Being judgmental, looking at women only as objects of pleasure and doing drugs. I strayed far from what I had learned earlier in life and it took me a long time to embrace those teachings and truly make them a part of my life. To practice what they showed me what I could and should be doing. You can come to a great understanding of your true self and your interactions with the world yet it can be something that you can slowly let go of.