The Heart of the Matter
March 05, 2021
The Art of Self-Reflection

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"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." - Confucius

"In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone." - Rollo May

"Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." - Margaret Wheatley

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom." - Aristotle

"I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better." - Frida Kahlo

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein


"Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave." - G.I. Gurdjieff

"I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone." - Lord Byron

"The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone." - James Baldwin

"Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know myself, to know it completely." - Kahlil Gibran

"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?" - Charles Bukowski

"We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." - Zen proverb

"We have so committed ourselves in different ways that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"There is one art of which people should be masters -- the art of reflection." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination. Until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life." - Iyanla Vanzant

"The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." - Caroline Myss

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being." - Hafiz

Year of Living Creatively

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at March 5, 2021 03:43 PM


The expierence of peace is defined by clarity of devotion to Prem. Thank

Posted by: Michael Hunt [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2021 03:03 PM

For me, self-reflection is beyond everyday 'casual' thinking. I allow myself to be quiet (right after meditation) and go gently into my subconscious where I meet and play with my team of archetypes. There I am free to observe, discover, feel and adjust myself which empowers me to expand, become my best and so much more :)

Posted by: Gilman [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 7, 2021 10:21 AM

Adding to my comments from March 7, it's important for me to be grounded and brave to observe my thoughts and dreams. I'm a warrior of the inner world of my subconscious and beyond. I have traveled beyond the subconscious to where the 'gods' live, play and empower me to be my best!

Posted by: Gilman [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2021 03:17 PM

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