Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
― Søren Kierkegaard
The Art of Reflection
What is the power of reflecting on situations? Why look backwards?
Here is the thing: Reflection allows you to look backwards with purpose.
It’s nothing to do with dwelling in the past or rehashing old grievances.
In a moment, a situation can come to light as “unfinished business”. It’s likely an emotionally charged experience that catches you off-guard. Why has it come up…again?
Sometimes you move so quickly through an experience that you neglect to learn the lessons that were available. It shows up again to give you another opportunity.
However, if you think about the situation in the same way you’ve always done, nothing changes and nothing is discovered. It becomes a missed opportunity.
Reflection, when done artfully, allows you to consider a past experience from a fresh perspective, often bringing a sense of completion and greater clarity. Consciousness is brought to bear.
Reflection becomes a key to new ways of seeing an old pattern. It allows that experience to energetically complete. This frees you to respond creatively as you go forward in life. It’s the path of inner freedom.
Paint a New Picture
When you revisit an experience, allow yourself space to explore more deeply. Ask questions that look for what is new. What calls out to you to be acknowledged? Is there energy that can be reclaimed in the service of a new picture? Imagine how you would describe this experience to someone else. Notice if you are engaged as you tell it.
What do you share with excitement and passion? Is there something that stands out?
What have you learned, this time? Reflect with purpose. It will open the doors to greater clarity.
It brings new gifts for living your life going forward.
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