Every faith and spiritual tradition I know of advocates some sort of introspection.
In 12 steps, the inventory process tells us to go within and examine our thoughts and actions and attitudes. This is not so we can shame and blame ourselves. It is so we can set things right...make amends by changing those thoughts and actions.
In New Thought, we are told to change our thinking to change our life. The Law says that all manifestation begins in thoughts and beliefs, so if we wish to change our life, the place to go is within. Again, we need to have an awareness of what is and isn't working in order to change it.
Lately I've been studying a book by the Dalai Lama called "Ethics for a New Millennium." In it, he says that spirituality is about going within and finding and developing traits such as compassion, tolerance and unconditional love.
I'm also reading a book called "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within us All." That's where I got the quote for the meme. The authors, David and Tom Kelley, say that unexamined failures limit us.
I love it when I keep getting the same message everywhere I turn! I believe introspection to be one of the most powerful spiritual practices we can do, and yet, so many people either cannot or will not take advantage of it.
If you don't have a regular introspection practice, why not?
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