Who Am I: Developing a Better Sense of Self
Who am I? is the most important Self awareness question you can ask as you traverse your life’s journey.
We talk about politics, sports, celebrities, and the current pandemic and Covid-19 crisis. But we don’t wonder who and what we actually ARE. We don’t focus on our own self awareness.
We wonder how we can make more money, what we want, what we wear, and how best to “not get sick,” but we rarely take the time to look within.
We’re so concerned about our physical health, capabilities, and fitness that we sometimes forget the miracle of having a capable body and an adaptive mind, which we can control and utilize to create our dream existence.
We do our best to keep our heads above water during uncertain times, we rely on an internet empire with a gigantic influence, we all stay at home en masse and follow general advice from our government and its leaders.
Nature uses the space we now give her to restore her being. While we stay home because of Covid-19, we inadvertently give her the space to check in with herself again. Oceans and canals become cleaner, the air becomes clearer because fewer planes fly and animals dare to show themselves more.
Why don’t we also use this space to clean up our being?
Since the situation is dramatic, we are guided by fear. It is not surprising that we are afraid of what is to come. But instead of dealing with the fear and ambiguity in our outside world, we could also use the time we now have to take a closer look at our inner world.
Your physical health is very closely related to your mind. Take note of this connection.
How is it that everything we see on the news or social media seems much more important than who we really are inside?
Investing in ourselves can sometimes seem unnatural. We feel selfish when we are dealing with ourselves rather than another person. Because of this we often forget that an investment in ourselves is also an investment in all of our relationships with others.
Now that we are all in quarantine, this becomes even more evident. If we don’t consciously choose to live with our Self, we may endanger the health of another. Indirectly, this can also apply in more normal times.
(What’s your current level of Self awareness? Find out by taking the Healthy Sense of Self Quiz.)
If you’re not your honest Self, you are, in essence, being unfaithful to your personal truth.
Ultimately, everything is expected to be subject to natural growth and natural decline. What is happening to our outside world now is a good example of this.
A disease like Covid-19 spreads rapidly in almost all countries, nobody is completely “safe” from it. But naturally, we grow around it; we adapt. We make room for safety for ourselves, for the people around us, and also for our nature.
We, humans, have the powerful gift of being able to adapt in a conscious way.
You can also do this with your sense of Self. A healthy sense of Self is one of the few things that can always continue to grow, as long as you give from yourself to keep developing this. And the great thing is that as it grows, your chances of success, well-being and health increase on all fronts.
You can now place extra focus on this while you are in your quarantine. When you go to the supermarket, walk your dog . . . or while lying in bed or in the sun, for example.
Now that certain distractions in the form of social contact disappear, spending time on yourself is the best time spent, because the results are not lost. Make sure you become your own best friend because nobody is as close to you as you are.
Think of developing self-awareness as your most precious new venture. Find out how you are going to make it in the world when we are all safe and healthy again soon and investigate how you can let your small new adventure flourish!
Let’s ask ourselves the question: “Who am I?”
Let us change something in our Self and make the decision that we ask ourselves this question and allow 10 minutes for the answer to be explored. I’m convinced that you won’t get bored.
And if you want to share your thoughts with us, feel free to leave a comment below. And enjoy your Self!
Here Are 4 Ways to Practice Self Awareness.
1. Do a daily body scan.
Set aside at least 10 minutes a day to get quiet and give some attention to your body with a full-body scan. Start at the crown of your head and move down your body to your toes, and as you do, notice how you feel in each area of your body.
2. Take long walks in nature.
Spending time in nature is a great way to reconnect with your inner wisdom. If you live near the ocean or by a flowing body of water . . . breathe in the healing negative ions! Take off your shoes and walk around barefoot, if you’d like. It’s good for your mind, body, and spirit.
3. Be mindful of your actions.
In our fast-paced, technologically advanced society, it’s not easy to move through our day in a meditative state. We’re often too concerned with what’s happening in the media or on our computers and phones that we forget to appreciate the other realms of life.
Throughout your day, be aware of your breath . . . and pay close attention to what’s going on within and around you. Observe your actions at work, at play, and while eating. Do you procrastinate? Show patience? How many times do you chew before you swallow? A mindfulness practice reduces the stress and depression in our lives . . . it also helps us gain clarity about what we want and need.
4. Keep a journal.
Seek your inner wisdom with the act of writing. Journal writing is a way for you to let go, let be, and see what surfaces.
As you write, don’t think too much about what you want to say or how you want to write it . . . just let it flow. Journals are great for setting intentions and goals, sorting through thoughts and emotions, expressing gratitude, writing poetry, etc.
When you start to fully understand your own emotions and their impact on your life, you are better able to control your circumstances and experiences.
Thank you for this article. I’m so overwhelmed it’s making me cry. Really fed up with myself. Thank you for giving me a place to start