Look into yourself. It may require you to step back and become the observer. Or you could be comfortable enough to just dive deep. However you approach, it requires a presence and mindfulness that is not constant and automatic. Can you name your thoughts without judging them? Can you draw the line between your voice and someone else’s? Remember you are alone in yourself.

Drop any fixed ideas what you have about your emotions and look at them fresh. Does what you think define who you are? Continue to think about yourself and not others. Perhaps your emotions are in a turmoil because of a relationship. Instead of directing blame outward, ask yourself why you react the way you do. Think on the past present and future and what fuels you intentions. What are your aversions and desires? Are you critical or judgemental of your reactions?  Simply notice this.

Observe your reactions at home work and in everyday life. Shine a light into the dark places. Without light, you cannot see where your shadow falls. If it falls on someone you blame, you are looking outside of yourself again. Or are you keeping your worst qualities within the shadow?

Introspection requires you to look into your life and identify what makes you happy. When you worry about what others think, you are no longer observing your thoughts. The French translation of Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight is ‘La Puissante Introspection’. As a neuroscientist, she was able to step back and observe the mechanics of her own stroke. But during her recovery, upon her introspection of the incident, her consciousness had shifted into present moment thinking whereby she experienced herself “at one with the universe”. She states “I believe the more time we spend running our deep inner peace circuitry, then the more peace we will project into the world, and ultimately the more peace we will have on the planet”‘.

Blessed Be.