What does it mean to be reflective?
As a rule we are busy people. Our lives are hectic and filled with all kinds of responsibilities that require our attention almost every hour of every day. It is difficult to get a moment to our self, to catch our breadth or to just slow down for a bit.
It almost seems selfish to take a time out and put the activities of the day on hold for a few minutes. But as selfish or even impossible as it might sound, it is an important thing to do, not only for you this minute but also for your future.
Slowing down, taking a breather, smelling the roses, or whatever you call it is an opportunity to reflect on what you are doing and what it all means in the grand scheme of things. That time out gives you a chance to reflect on what’s happening around you and what you are “getting” from it. That moment of reflection is the opportunity to learn from your own experience and to decide to move forward with the same plan or to make some corrections or changes from the plan.
The moment of reflection is the beginning of insight and learning. Your ability to reflect on what is happening in your life is way you grow and learn from your experience and the experience of those around you.
Taking a moment to do nothing is not really doing nothing, it might look like nothing to the untrained observer and to some of the people around us, but to those in the know it is the beginning of something very exciting and powerful It might take time and practice to build this into our routines, and there may even be some resistance, but it is important. It is the beginning of self awareness and knowledge. And that changes everything!
Dr. Ellen McMahon