The Power of Daily Reflection
It appears that spring has finally made its arrival! There’s something about this particular season that brings with it a sense of renewal. This season of rebirth has also gotten me thinking about the importance of daily reflection. We are all so tapped into our devices what with, texting constantly, updating Facebook, sending out tweets, posting our latest pics on Instagram etc. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with staying connected. The question you need to ask yourself is in doing so how much are you missing by not experiencing the actual moment you are in. I believe it is safe to say that many of us (me included) have acquired some level of addiction to the art of distraction. I recently read that a third grade teacher asked her students what the one thing was that they wished their parents would do. The resounding answer was put their phones down! When we stay in a state of distraction for too long we become highly reactive to situations, easily agitated and a lot less thoughtful in words and actions in both our professional and personal lives.
So to that end, here are my top 5 suggestions to help you self-reflect:
1. Take 10 minutes at the end of each day, on your way home, during your run, in the shower etc. to play back the interactions in your mind that you have had that day. This will also help you to increase your self-awareness.
2. Don’t judge. If upon reflection you aren’t satisfied with some of your interactions, open your mind to consider alternate ways you can either handle them in the future or how you will make them right tomorrow.
3. Get outside. Even if you have only 10 minutes, take a walk around the block to clear your head. It is amazing what insights you can gain by taking that step back.
4. Turn off the noise. Take some time each day to just sit in complete quiet even if it is just for a short period of time. You will eventually learn to get comfortable with being quiet.
5. Get centered daily. For some this may be in the form of prayer, for others meditation. Check out www.headspace.com. A friend recently introduced me to this app which offers a 10 minute guided meditation. I found it to be incredibly helpful, you may too.
Remember sometimes to go fast you have to slow down.