Knowledge and Self Cultivation = Reflection

Knowledge and Self Cultivation is the area that you would want to enhance if you are about to embark on learning or doing something new.  An area which would support any self-growth or self enrichment focus.  It is also the ideal area for cultivating peace.
If you have ever taken a yoga class perhaps you have come across the pose “Tadasana” or Mountain Pose.

Credit:  Living Yoga blog
I would describe the basics of the practise of Tadasana as the action of reaching through your feet into the earth, stabilizing the body; while simultaneously extending your head to the clouds, embodying the essence of a literal mountain.  

Mountains are majestic, they are wise and mysterious.  

If one were to travel up a mountain you would certainly enjoy the vantage point of looking at where you came from and be in a good position to see where you are going.

Knowledge and Self Cultivation is about Self.  What we have learnt in our lives, what we wish to learn and what we have learnt inherently about ourselves through all of our experiences.  

I feel the best representation of this area is Reflection.  I believe that we benefit from seeing where we have been in order to give us perspective on where we are going.  The good times, bad times, easy and hard times.  The whole package.

Reflecting on our lives is not about judging what we didn’t do, didn’t achieve, or how crap this or that situation was.  Reflection gives us the opportunity to view all those instances and observe what we were taught.  They are the ingredients of who you are in the present.

Each and every experience in your life has had value in creating who you are today.

Reflection is an opportunity to look for the value in those experiences with perspective.  

  • Looking back versus going back.

Reflection can be celebratory.

  • The “I” did, “I” tried, “I” learned, “I” survived, “I” overcame. Give yourself credit. 
Seeing your past as the base and building of your mountain and going upward and onward to the clouds.
The saying that “hindsight is 20/20” expresses that it is easy to see the value or the lesson of an event after the fact.  What this can also do is provide you an opportunity to see what you are holding onto from your past that may no longer serve you in the present or will serve you in the future.
The potential lies in the viewing the lingering feelings from an observer’s standpoint, rather than judgement.  
Ask yourself what it would feel like if you no longer held heavy feelings about someone or something in your past?
How would it feel to move forward into your future without some of the excess emotional weight of the past?  
How would that affect your the stability of your Center or your Core?
I invite you to ponder and feel this, if you so choose let one thing or something go.
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Sherry Trentini

As a Life & Grief Coach, I love helping people let go the hard stuff to make room and create the good stuff. I have a healthy respect for the resistance to letting things go, while knowing the liberation that comes from doing just that. I am all about helping you navigate through and towards your future. Additionally, I'm a gratitude junkie, a decluttering advocate and loves to do burpees as exercise!

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