Know Thine Self

Getting to know yourself can be one of the biggest, most difficult jobs we will ever undertake.  But you can’t properly love yourself – or even really like yourself! – if you don’t know who you are.  If you don’t know who you are, how will you know what about yourself there is to love?

Occassionally take some time to listen to yourself.  Sit quietly and think of a topic or question you are interested in.  Usually, when you do this a pat answer will immediately pop into your head.  This is the standard answer that you think is supposed to be the right one.  Let that answer fade away and listen for what pops into your brain next.  Notice any feelings that come up.  Ask yourself lots of follow-up questions.

 

“Why do I feel this way?”

“Why do I think this?”

“Is it true?”

“Does it make sense to me?”

“Is this what I want to be true?  Why?”

Just listen to what you have to say.  Usually it’s much more interesting and enlightening than the pat answers you normally come up with!

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2 thoughts on “Know Thine Self

  1. I’m been meditating for some time and feel as though I have yet learned the basic of meditation. I would like to learn more about myself and to develope a broader understanding of medition. If you have any information regarding my reply please, please feel free to respond.

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    • I am so glad that you left this message. I have been trying to put together a series of video posts that I’m calling “Building a Life of Prayer in a World of Chaos”. But I’ve been stymied by ridiculous technical problems and was beginning to think that maybe I should just let the whole thing go. Your comment makes me think that I probably need to buckle down and power through.

      Several of the videos are going to center on the very simple way that I learned to meditate which I think most people will be able to use as well. Also, I talk about the Hebrew way of meditating which is slightly different than the more familiar buddhist way. Although I don’t really know much about the buddhist way beyond, “clear your mind . . . let your brain become empty”, so maybe it’s not actually that different. But at any rate, I have found the Hebrew method very productive.

      If you aren’t already subscribed, you can sign up to get new posts delivered in your inbox so you can follow the videos as I put them up. Or if you are on facebook, you can “like” me there and new posts will show up in your feed. Thank you so much for your question and yes, I think I do have information that can help you – stay tuned!

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