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Do You Listen to Yourself?

Self Hearing | Listen | 15th February 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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‘Remember life is a race, Agar tezz Nahi baggage to koi aur tumhe kuchal ke aage nikal jaega’- Nowadays most of us take this line from 3 idiots to the bottom of our hearts.

In the bustle of our busy lives, how often do we sit and listen to what’s going on inside us rather than what’s in the outside world? Have we made any changes in our lives based on these thoughts? It doesn’t matter if you are a college/school student or in your 30s, 40s or late 20s; the act of self-reflection is absolutely necessary to grow exponentially in your work or personal life. But still, a profound, worshipful bias on working hard without profound reflection is prevalent in the culture today. An inquisitive nature to know how things function and questioning your own belief system is something that sets you apart and pushes improvement.

Aristotle, probably one of the greatest polymaths of all time, himself believed in the wonders of self-introspection through contemplation. He believed that contemplation was the highest human good, leading to direct knowledge of the divine. To him, contemplation meant intensive self-reflection over one’s lifetime. Like Aristotle, Buddhism, Christianity and even psychoanalysis also see a direct connection between self-reflection and achieving maximum

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productivity and contentment. Even Steve Jobs took out time from his busy schedule to sit and contemplate his actions, he also gave credit to those moments for the creative ideas that were bought with them. Now I probably consider that the necessity of self-reflection and the urgency to start its implementation right now is clear to you.


But how much time to allocate? How can I know the time which is suitable for me? Well, my friend, that’s completely your call. Out there, you will find people who have a completely different time allocation for this phenomenon. One may take a 15-20 minutes break for it and the other may keep these things aside for the weekends. Neither of them is wrong, it’s just about what suits one, eventually. If you are a beginner and looking to start it as a habit, here goes one technique I found effective:

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Start by putting 5-10 minutes aside every day for contemplation and write it down in your to-do list along with your routine work. It is a great strategy if you want to give this a shot and you may choose any time slot or even change it as per your convenience. Remember the key is observing yourself, seeing when you naturally pause and step back a little bit, and then trying to build on this. It’s a gradual process and as we all know; good things take time but are worth the waiting.

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