The Journey Within: Introspection

The journey within: introspection
We live in a fast paced, restless world that almost forces us to focus our attention on the outside of things, without even setting aside a few moments to turn inward. What does introspection reveal?

The language of introspection

The term “introspection” has been the subject of many questions and controversies in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

Even in ancient Greece, Plato wondered:

“Why should we not calmly and patiently consider our own thoughts, and examine thoroughly and see what these apparitions in us really are?”

Introspection was sometimes compared to perception and memory. But what does the term really mean? Introspection is a mental process through which a person turns inward and is able to analyze one’s own experiences.

That is, the person observes their own conscious processes (personal affairs, mental facts or phenomena), something we can never stop learning about. This would mean that introspection is in fact the reflective ability of the mind to refer to, or become aware of, one’s own condition.

Characteristics of introspection

Introspection is subjective, as it is the individual who observes himself, based on his own judgment and perception of reality.

In this sense, it would be really impossible to approach the subject objectively, since we ourselves are the subject.

Introspection also has a revealing character, since we perceive ourselves as the subject of the analysis, but at the same time we play the role of observer or researcher.

The introspection process is complex and requires practice to get good results. You also need to develop the right attitude – one that shows acceptance and sincerity – and not let yourself be carried away by self-deception.

Practicing Introspection

Practicing introspection starts with paying attention to and listening to yourself.

Don’t rush anything, instead, in any situation that presents itself or in which you become involved, take a moment to examine your inner state, observe it and connect it to your feelings.

If we take the time to observe and accept our inner state, we can focus our attention on the situation much better than if we let ourselves be carried away by our first impulse.

This complex process will make us think deeply about who we are, how we feel and what we have learned, as well as giving us the opportunity to progress in our spiritual development.

Introspection helps you to discover what is right for you, and provides you with the necessary tools to change the situation at hand and happily continue on your way.

It is extremely important to stop and take a deep breath every day, wherever you are or whatever you are doing. Focus your attention on yourself, on your being and your essence, connecting with the silence and learning to listen to yourself.

That said, introspection has both positive and negative sides, but both will be helpful in improving yourself and your progress in life.

It is a very helpful method for approaching our spiritual reality. It provides us with the foundation for our personal stability, and allows for more in-depth exploration of our being and our ability to change things.

Introspection helps us not only to get to know ourselves better, but also to respect, love and accept ourselves as we are.

Be inspired by Eckhart Tolle ‘s powerful words on this subject:

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