TIME FOR REFLECTION
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ”
Time for reflection is time well-invested, especially during development and change. We can learn something from everything that happens, but only if we leave room for new memories to be stored. The most important form of reflection is gratitude. The ability to see everything you already know and have, gives you greater access to appreciate it.
Discovering and getting to know ourselves is the first thing we need to do to strengthen ourselves mentally, but perhaps primarily to be able to give MORE of ourselves to other people. In moments of deep breathing and meditation, as you relax and quiet your mind of swirling thoughts, a very special form of concentration arises. A concentration that heals, opens to insights and allows new information about who we are and what is important.
Different qualities of fast and slow thinking.
Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics, writes in his book on brain science: "Thinking Fast, and Slow", how slow thinking is negatively correlated with fast thinking. This means that slow and conscious reflection - which examines the underlying assumptions, values, intentions and dreams - cannot go on at the same time as fast, automatic thinking; which is reactive, instinctive and problem-solving. When one is on, the other is off, and we need both.
During slow thinking, you get a chance to access information from your subconscious mind. This reflection is thus an important source of information about ourselves that we miss, if we do not give it enough space. In today's society, the natural breaks - moments of silence and nothing - of waiting and just being, have become a scarcity. Today we have access to a wide variety of opportunities to fill our "boring" moments with information and entertainment. If the breaks disappear, time for reflection disappears. It is a pity, because during reflection time we have a chance to learn something about ourselves and see something new.
In the book LEJONAGENDAN, reflection is described as "The ability to let what happened to play again, but in the light of something new". Reflecting means that we pick up something, an experience or event that we carry within us, and look at it in daylight. Maybe we can find a new way to describe and understand what happened. If something bad has happened to us, if we carry on an event that feels like a sharp heavy stone in our chest, reflection can help. Maybe we can grind a little on the edges of the stone and rebuild it to make it easier to carry. Wearing something as an experience is so much easier than wearing something like a sharp heavy stone.
Quiet time for reflection is our window of time, while deciding our next step.