Why we should reflect

I tend to use reflection as a tool to change aspects of my life so that I get to feel calm. Reflection, when used as a tool helps me understand my life in its entirety.

It’s important for us to reflect to see how we can make improvements and adjustments, so that we continue to grow spiritually and emotionally. Where life is overwhelming, reflection helps us manage things.

Reflection also helps us learn more about ourselves, by showing us a full picture of our experiences, where we’ve gone wrong and how we can make things better, how we can put our life back on track.

Mistakes are a valuable commodity and a learning tool, but unless we understand why we have made a mistake, and we use reflection as a tool, we will continue to make mistakes.

Without using reflection as a tool we are also more likely to focus on the things we fail rather than the things we could be successful at and not even recognise that we are.

A time to reflect is when the mind is calm, when in that moment you have time to think about things. Reflection is also a means of us putting our lives back into perspective and back on track. 


23 Dec, 2011

8 thoughts on “Why we should reflect

  1. I agree. We should use reflection as a tool for life lessons. I reflect occasionally.

    Some memories make me happy and others make me sad. I try to remember the good ones. I can see my mistakes and I tend to pass them on to my child as a lesson of what not to do. Of course I learn from them also.

  2. I think anytime we step back and look at things is a good thing, especially if we have a problem that is difficult to solve.

    Reflection can help guide our future as well. Look at the great times in life and see what you did for that to happen. Sometimes if you can feel that again you can get some of those same feelings back and move forward positively.

  3. Ditto Ilana. I try to use meditation more these days and I find this very similar to you using reflection.

    Another idea I often have is to examine my day last thing at night. This is useful to see if I could have done something different or better, as we learn more positively if we ourselves are more positive human beings.

    1. Thanks Mike. I agree with you on your point about looking back at your day on an evening, to see if you could have done anything differently.

      It’s a good way to change things if necessary.

  4. Reflection is so important; we just have to be wary not to get lost in it. Try to observe and understand what we are reflecting on and not get lost and further confused in the negative emotions of some memories.

    Reflection should be to grow to learn, I’m glad I read this today it helped cleanse my mind and cooled stressful thoughts, exactly what I needed to read. Thank you.

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