What My World's Like

Mind control, focus, and reflection

Feb
24

naikan

Recently, I’ve been more focused on self-mastery.  So many of us are reactionary and that’s part of the reason why so many people aren’t happy with their lives–because there isn’t a strong enough sense of control.

The one thing we can control, even if it doesn’t necessarily seem that way, is our reactions.  In order to effectively do this, we need to exercise control over our thoughts and feelings.  It’s no small feat, but one I’m sure is certainly worth the undertaking.

Ever since seeing Revolutionary Road, I’ve been keenly aware of the path I’m on and what its limitations are.  There’s a certain way I’d like to live my life and I’m not even sure how much I’d truly enjoy my life if I got everything I think I want without a change in the way I approach life.

Therefore, I’ve been making some changes.

One change is in my level of gratitude, simply appreciating what in my life I understand as good.  Looking for the good has forced me to find some sort of lesson in my daily experiences.  Doing so has, even in this short amount of time, enhanced my level of personal accountability.

Today, I found this short article on Naikan, a Japanese method of self-reflection, hinged on 3 questions:

1. What have I received?

2. What have I given?

3. What trouble have I caused?

Self-reflection is the most important aspect of personal growth.  I’ll be working to answer these questions daily.

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