The Transformative Power of Introspection

Have you ever asked yourself what you may have done to contribute to a conflict? Or to fail at achieving a goal? Do you ever wonder why you have certain habits or what you can do to break them? These questions all fall under a part of our thinking that is called introspection – the art of examining and observing one’s inner thoughts and emotions.

Looking inward is not a natural tendency for most individuals. In truth, only 5% of us tend to naturally look inside ourselves for answers; most of us look to the external world (such as circumstances or other people) instead. But introspection and meditation can be an incredible tool to help us understand our worlds better, change negative behaviors, and achieve goals we never thought possible!

Need a little help on the path to self discovery? Here are a few questions you can consider to help you get started:

  1. Why do I get angry? Am I being selfish or self-centered?
  2. What can I learn from this experience?
  3. Am I manipulative? Why?
  4. What am I grateful for?
  5. What are my values? What do I represent?
  6. What advice would I give to myself?
  7. What’s stopping me from pursuing my dreams?

Happy self-reflection!

Originally published for Better Health Washington at: http://betterhealthwashington.com/2015/03/the-power-of-introspection/