“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates
Life is a constant journey to self-discovery. Everything we think, do or say ultimately dictates how we move through our lives. Without a solid connection to yourself, it can easily feel like you’re a plastic bag drifting in the wind with no destination in mind.
You can’t truly live if you don’t know yourself and if you don’t take the necessary time to learn who you are then you’ll drift through life without a purpose.
We all want to be loved, we all want to serve a purpose higher than ourselves and feel like we’ve accomplished something in our lives. But, are you willing to spend quality time with yourself to get there?
A few years ago, I felt like a foreigner in my body. I didn’t recognize myself or the things I was doing. I would constantly retreat inside my head, shut the world out, and cry my eyes out. I felt like no one cared enough to see that I was broken and needed a friend. Everyone around me saw the facade of happiness.
During the times I retreated in my head, something happened. I started asking myself questions, I wanted to know why I was reacting to my situation so negatively. What was the point that I was so obviously missing?
Little did I know that asking myself those questions was the start of my journey towards self-discovery.
You cannot heal in the same place that broke you.
For me, everything had to change. Mind mindset, my attitude to life’s lessons, and —most importantly—my choices and decisions.
I’m still on that journey today and, I believe, it’s a journey with no end but one that continues on throughout our lifetimes. The lessons we failed to learn in our past and present life will always come back around until we understand their purpose. We are all here to learn.
If you’re in a place in your life where you have begun to question everything, then I’m happy to tell you that your journey has already begun. In order to mold our lives, we have to take charge of it. Start asking the necessary questions to get your brain churning answers. Here are a few you can start with right now:
Why do you do the things you do?
What emotional trauma is hiding under your anger?
Why did your mood change so suddenly?
What are you holding on to that needs to be released?
How do I self discover?
The tips for self-discovery that I’m sharing with you are tips that I constantly utilize. They’ve worked for me and have allowed me to release pent-up rage which led me to elevate through the levels of consciousness. Your journey and outcome will— of course— look different from mine but don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from trying.
#5 – Do Something that brings you Joy.
When you spend time doing something you love, you’re also nurturing yourself. Joy and happiness displace all the fear and negative energies. Dance, sing, color outside the lines, and laugh at yourself. Realize that at this moment, you are alive and anything that doesn’t bring you joy can be easily removed from your life. You are the master of your destiny, the captain of your ship, don’t let the icebergs in life sink you before your adventure truly begins.
#4 – Schedule Personal Time
Take time for yourself and do not apologize for it. If you need to go on a walk through the park and wander off on a trail where the only thing you can hear are the birds singing, then do it. A peaceful mind is your greatest asset. Without it, your world will feel chaotic which will inevitably put you in a reactive state of mind. Protect your peace. Protect your actions. Don’t allow what you cannot control to influence what you can.
#3 – Do Yoga
When I started yoga, I only wanted to be more flexible. I didn’t expect that I would receive the constant release of body pains caused by life and mental limitations. I was unconsciously holding myself back. I started by watching Yoga with Adriene on Youtube and even though I’m not at the flexibility that I want yet, I’m certainly not where I used to be. Yoga, like self-discovery, is a constant journey. Yoga calms and heals the mind and the body.
#2 – Start a Journal
Writing my thoughts down on paper is how I’ve been able to cope with all the lessons life has thrown at me. Writing things down helps to put them into perspective and reveal the hidden meaning that was invisible without written words. If you don’t know how to start writing, pretend like you’re talking to yourself. Ask yourself questions and answer them. We must have conversations with ourselves, and we are certainly not crazy if we do it out loud. I do it all the time. Yes, even with people around. This is your journey, not the one side-eyeing you, so let them think what they want, it doesn’t concern you. Get your thoughts down on paper, it’s one of the best ways of revealing your inner dreams and aspirations which ultimately lead to self-discovery.
#1 – Meditate
“As you think, so shall you become.” – Bruce Lee
Our thoughts are an incredibly powerful tool. Everything that is around us was only a thought in someone’s mind long ago. Thoughts shape our reality. To learn how to utilize the power of our thought we first have to know what we’re thinking on a subconscious level. Meditation unlocks the levels of our thoughts and allows us to analyze and change their patterns. Positive thoughts create a positive reality.
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps to self-discovery. It’s a wonderful journey. It’s going to be tough sometimes but the things you’ll learn will be worth every struggle.
Remember that after a break-down, there’s always a break-through so keep going, I’m rooting for you.