The Discipline of Reflection
The Discipline of Reflection is a part of how to excel in Life Balance. Life Balance is something we all strive for, whether we are artists, entrepreneurs or stay at home mums.
Here are four keys to excelling in life balance. In fact these are four disciplines. They are:
1. The Discipline of Reflection
2. The Discipline of Rest
3. The Discipline of Recreation
4. The Discipline of Relationships
In this post I’m going to examine some thoughts around the discipline of reflection.
You may find that you are much better at some of these disciplines than others. This is certainly true for me. I find that when I examine the concept of Reflection, this is one of the easier things to do on the list. So what is the discipline of Reflection?
We live in a very noisy, busy, world. This can suck the life out of us, particularly for creative people, if we don’t take time to get away from it all. I’ve spoken many times about the concept of artist dates and this is one form of Reflection. It is essential that we intentionally go away and find a quiet place, a place to pause and reflect alone. Connected to this idea is another problem that we have. We live in such awa that we seldom find ourselves alone and there is always some kind of distraction going on.
In fact I was only saying to my partner on the weekend, as we sat on our balcony in suburbia, on a fine still winter’s day, that we are never without manmade sounds. I could hear the constant drone of cars far away in the background and a helicopter flying over head. In contrast to this, when we were visiting New Zealand in April, there were many days where we were surrounded only by countryside and all we could hear were the sounds of nature. Those were treasured, precious days.
The other thing of course, in today’s world, is that we can be alone but we still have our phones our iPads and technological connectors. So as part of the discipline of reflection, we need to leave these things behind. When was the last time you went anywhere without your phone or if you had it, you didn’t refer to it at all. Not only do we have the previous items, we also have things like my Garmin wristband, that monitors not only my footsteps heart rate and other things but also let me know every time someone ‘Likes’ my Instagram feed.
So I think we can safely conclude that the discipline of reflection is a lot more difficult for us in the twenty first century than it was even 100 years ago, when the pace of life was slower, less complicated and much less crowded and cluttered. Ironically though, now we need it more than ever!
Photo: Kadira Jennings