Introspection: (noun) searching, introversion, contemplation — informal definition: navel-gazing! . . . . . basically introspection is the examination of one’s own thoughts or feelings. Most women navel-gaze. I do. Most women inspect and dissect their private and professional lives and do so to adjust their personal and professional short-term and long-term goals. Introspection is necessary for those of us who dare to plan a fruitful life now as well as down the road.
Here is how I do my navel-gazing:
First: The question. Usually my navel-gazing is preceded by a nagging question I want an answer to. So as odd as it sounds I verbally ask my question . . . then,
I grab up a soft cushion and toss it on the floor. No music! No interruptions! I plop my tushie down on the cushion and get comfortable. I quiet my mind and take deep controlled breaths and totally relax which takes me a few minutes because my mind is always thinking! (Remember: Slow deliberate breathing. Slowly breathe in and release even more slowly. Control. Empty your mind. Be Still; Be Quiet.) Then I let the thoughts that come to me answer the question I asked before I got started. Honestly this works for me. I can not tell you the times I guided myself through life’s swift currents and slippery stones that seemed to be preventing me from reaching a goal or moving forward after troubling times.
Introspection: One of my life’s little treasures. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some navel-gazing time scheduled.