How To Upgrade Your Mindfulness Practice With Self-Reflection

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Mindfulness can have so many positive impacts on your life. Just my implementing a mindfulness practice you can start to see your life shift in ways you’ve never imagined before. Once you have an established mindfulness practice, there are certain things that you can do to upgrade it.

One of those ways is through self-reflection. Self-reflection can be defined as self-examination, or an examining of one’s own self. Through mindfulness, you can use self-reflection as a powerful tool to help you grow, get more in touch with how you’re feeling, and create a better self-image and life.

Using techniques of self-reflection mindfulness can help you to get a clearer image of where you are in your life and how you’re feeling in any given situation. And with that information, you can make more informed and intuitive decisions moving forward and become more mindful in your day-to-day life.

Enhance Yourself Personally and Professionally

By implementing self-reflection into your mindfulness practice, you can develop yourself both on a personal level and on a professional level. Through self-examination, you can evaluate where you are in your life. You can ask yourself questions like:

  • What is my current personal situation?
  • Where am I in my life and how do I feel about it?
  • What is my current professional situation?
  • Am I happy with my chosen profession?
  • Do I wish to advance in my field of work in some way?

As you ask these questions and take time to really be intentional about answering them, you become more aware of yourself and how you’re feeling. Then you can take the answers to those questions and allow them to guide you as you move throughout your life. Use self-reflection as a guiding tool to help you to realize new things about yourself and your life that you had previously been unaware of. This is a true practice of mindfully living your life and creating your experience.

Improve Your Relationships

Self-reflection mindfulness can also help you to improve your relationships. And not just your outward relationships, but also your inward relationship with yourself. Through a practice of self-reflection, you can begin to examine your relationships and how you want to change them.

Becoming aware of your relationships and being mindful of how you treat yourself and others will help you to become more intentional about how you interact with others. Are you being a caring and loyal friend? How do you treat yourself and others that you come into contact with on a daily basis? If you find that you aren’t treating yourself or others the way you would like or in a kind and loving way, maybe you need to be more mindful in your conversations, your actions, and your self-talk.

Get In Touch With The Moment

Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and enjoying it for everything that it has to offer. If you can get in touch with yourself in any given moment, you can become aware of how you are feeling, thinking and acting. Then you can choose to be mindful of how you behave in that moment and the next one after that.

When you think about it, a lot of our day revolves around ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. And those feelings guide our actions without us really being aware of it. By using self-reflection on a consistent basis to check in with yourself, you can gradually and constantly improve your happiness and state of being. And overall enjoy every moment more fully.

How To Do It

So how exactly can you start to implement self-reflection into your mindfulness practice? It’s simple really. Like any mindfulness practice, it’s important to become aware of the present moment and take time to appreciate, reflect, and feel gratitude. Begin by asking yourself a few questions. How are you feeling and what is your current emotional or physical state? Take a second to stop what you’re doing and ponder on how you feel, where you are, your relationships, etc. Really think about yourself and your life.

After asking those questions, do some reflection. What does that tell you about yourself? How does your present feeling affect you? What are some things that you think you can do differently to increase your happiness and make your life better overall? How can you be more mindful and show up more fully in your life? Based on this reflection, you can then become more intentional in your interactions with others and how you live your life.

This can be a simple exercise that you perform for just a few minutes or on your coffee break. Or it can be a time that you set aside every week for an hour to really go deep and examine yourself. Just make sure that it works for you. And then use that examination to help you become more mindful and present in your life.

Self-reflection can have so many positive benefits for anyone who chooses to implement it into their lives. You can easily begin a practice of mindful self-reflection today to start to become more aware and deliberate in your life and your interactions. Use this technique to help you develop a life that is dedicated to mindfulness and true happiness.

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Melanie Kernodle is a freelance blogger and writer. After a few lackluster years in the corporate world, she recently ditched her “normal” job to pursue her entrepreneurial passions, travel the world and share her insights with her readers.