Over the past twelve months I have spent more time outside Australia than at home.
Now I am back in Sydney it is easy to fall into the trap of activity driven days. Racing along as if nothing is changed.
This week I returned to yoga after too long a break. Flat on my back, at the end of class, there is clear evidence that all is not the same. My body is changed.
“Reading my body” with feedback from the hardwood floor is as good a place as any to reflect. Take stock of where I am now. The sum of my experiences of the past twelve months.
Reflection takes conscious effort. Our lives are propelled with such forward momentum, fuelled by activity. Yet the action of reflection is often overlooked, undervalued. Misunderstood.
Reflection is an essential element for our personal growth. Reflection fosters integration. Without it we limit our progress.
Through reflection we consider the effects of our experiences. Compelling us to see that we are not unchanged by the choices we make. Setting us up to acknowledge ourselves. To appreciate ourselves.
How can we incorporate reflection in our lives? One-way does not suit all.
If you like words, write – capture, make notes. Draw – pictures, mindmaps, diagrams.
Remember, reflection is for you. No-one gets to see or share unless you choose.
It’s a personal exercise. Yet it does not need to be a private one. For some, reflection is best when shared with another person – in conversation, or in a note.
I begin each day writing “morning pages” – an exercise from Julia Cameron’s excellent book “The Artist’s Way”. This free form written conversation with myself really works for me.
If to reflect is new, begin lightly. It’s not a test. Approaching the end of a calendar year is a natural point to begin.
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