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The Art of Self-Reflection – 5 Exercises to Find Peace in Your Life

by admin on June 25, 2012

What is it you want to do with your life? How do you think you’re going to make it happen? If you’re not sure, then self-reflection is in order.

Even if you have an idea where you want to go, you may want to consider doing self-reflection exercises to ensure that you remain on the path toward success. When you are on the right path, you can also find peace in your life.

Here are 5 self-reflection exercises that you can use to put things into perspective. These exercises can help you to clear your mind, relax, and find that peace you crave:

1. Know where you are in life. Life gets confusing enough. Stress can make it difficult to see if you are coming or going. Oftentimes worrying is a replay of the same information over and over. Write down exactly where you are at in your relationships, career, spiritual life and finances.

• Get grounded in your life so you can make the best decisions on goals or changes to reduce your stress.

2. Tap into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is where your self-image is stored. All of your attitudes, experiences, beliefs, and values are here. Your subconscious mind is the core of who you are and it’s a very powerful force.

If you go inward and reflect upon what’s inside this storehouse within the mind, you can gain a better sense of self-awareness. Some may call this meditation. Regardless of what you call it, this process helps you to attain a higher level of consciousness.

• Better self-awareness can provide you with many answers about yourself and your true beliefs.

3. Visualize creatively. This is a fun way to self-reflect! Make yourself a box to show your hopes and dreams. Or you can create a vision board. Place pictures and words that represent you and your thoughts into your box or on your board. The more details you include, the better it works!

• Imagination is the key and the sky is the limit!

4. Ask yourself questions.
Ask questions about yourself. Write down your questions and your answers. Ask yourself questions about the present and the future and provide yourself with positive answers. You can be creative with your questions because only you know what’s inside of you.

• Be sure to structure your questions to include details about your hopes and dreams.

5. Write and reflect.
Buy a journal and write in that journal every single day. Each day, first write down something positive that occurred that day. Next, write down a question for yourself. Don’t answer that question then and there. Reflect on that question and write your answer the next day as a part of your journal entry.

As you can see, self-reflection truly is an art. It involves tapping your inner being and using that to figure out what it is you really want. In time, your reflections will enable you to achieve the peace and serenity you deserve. 

For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn Hughes July 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

An interesting post Lisa. I love the idea of tapping into the unconscious as well as assessing family, finances etc. It adds a whole new dimension!


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, Carolyn!


Sherie July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

The subconscious mind is so powerful. Those are 5 great self reflection exercises, Lisa! I especially like the ones about visualizing creatively and writing reflectively. I use a vision board and find it to be a highly effective tool. Great post!


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

The subconscious mind is powerful. I gain greater self-awareness. thanks!think using a combination of tools can really help you gain a greater self-awareness. Thanks!


Moira Hutchison July 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Great post Lisa!  I really like these tips and often teach my clients similar ideas… the one I like the best is "Ask yourself questions" – we can often avoid much stress when we remember to pause and ask ourselves "is what I am thinking really true?"


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Absolutely, Moira. Too often the mind can come up with all sorts of stories when you worry. Thanks!


Eva Blaskovic July 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Great post, Lisa. I like the way you broke it down into specific, well-defined steps.


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks, Eva!


Helena July 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I really like that last exercise Lisa. I can imagine that the answers to the questions we ask ourselves will be very interesting after we've mulled it over for a day. I'll have to try that in my journaling!


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Thanks, Lena! Let me know how it works for you.


Susan Preston July 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Wonderful article, Lisa. I love # 5, as I do write in my journal but I don't do write down something that was good that happened or ask myself a question. I am going to start doing so. Thanks :)


Lisa Birnesser July 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

You’re welcome, Susan!


Anita July 5, 2012 at 4:44 am

Great insight Lisa. I love to journal. I write about everything, most everyday and it really helps to keep me centered :)


Lisa Birnesser July 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

It’s a really awesome tool to gain self awareness. Thanks, Anita!


Nisha July 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I like your ideas, Lisa. One trick for tapping into the sub-conscious that I've used is thinking about a topic that is troubling me and then writing down my thoughts on it. I do it in a very free flow, stream-of-consciousness sort of way, just writing down everything and anything that comes to mind. Usually, by the end of that exercise, I start to see my answers.


Lisa Birnesser July 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I love that idea, Nisha- thanks!


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