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Monday, September 23, 2013

Self Reflection

How often do we sit back and reflect on the lives that we live?
The answer: certainly not enough.
"Who do you see when you look in the mirror?
Who are you looking at?

Who are you looking for?
Who is looking back at you?

On some level or another, all of us are seeking ourselves whether we know it or not.

We all have beliefs, ideas, thoughts and attitudes which govern our thinking, our knowing and our living. Changing our thinking, our long held beliefs can dramatically change our daily lives.
Try looking at it this way.....
Take a moment to think about what this sentence on self reflection means for you.

It is talking about how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings - how we fail to see that life reflects us back to ourselves.
Because we keep on looking out the windows, many of us take forever to realize that we are looking at ourselves mirrored back to us by others and by the events of our life.
This saying about self reflection helps us to become empowered.
If we see that our negative feelings towards others are reflecting back to ourselves our own sense of negativity then we can do something to help ourselves forward. By continuously looking out the window and putting the 'blame' on others we fail to utilize all the power in the moment.

Changing our perception of the problem by seeing the reality as it is reflected by us and to us, brings empowerment, change, discovery and consciousness.
As we learn to look for that reflection in the mirror rather than to project our senses outwards we gain a sense of responsibility for our own lives. Our authentic self begins to shine through."
Today I had a lot of self reflecting to do. I am not a perfect person. No one is, except for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We all have to do a little bit of self reflecting every once in a while. Self reflection is what helps us to become better people and greater disciples of Christ.  
I learned a lot today in my self reflection and I came to the realization that there is a lot for me to work on. A lot more then I had realized. Changing and becoming better is not something we can do all on our own. The Savior is part of the equation. May we always turn to him for help. Often times we do change and we become better but then we fall, and we again have to change. This is an ongoing process. That is why we have the atonement. As we make changes in our lives we must remember the way we feel when we change things about ourselves that are not in accordance with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  One of my all time favorite scriptures states "And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?"
Can we feel the change? Can we remember the spirit we felt as we changed our bad habit? Can we feel the peace we felt as we became a better person?
"In a mirror is where we find the reflection of our appearance, but in a heart is where we find the reflection of our Soul."