We all feel a little lost every now and then and that’s when introspection comes in handy. There are times when we even think of ourselves as born failures and that is why so many people go as far as committing suicide — it’s because of their inability to take the burden of being human.
As human beings, our foremost duty is towards ourselves. This is where spending time alone with yourself becomes the most crucial part of an individual’s life.
The following are eight of the main benefits of introspection:
1. Helps you understand yourself
It is often said that you cannot understand macrocosm without understanding the microcosm. Your being is the microcosm here, while your surrounding is your macrocosm.
We experience things as per our own perceptions. Just imagine the kind of havoc we are capable of creating if we have no specific idea about our personality, desires and values.
That is why it is extremely crucial to take time out for ourselves and understand what lies within.
2. Gives a clearer picture of the surroundings
Once we are attuned to ourselves, our desires and perceptions, we would be able to clearly picture what we want the world to be. Introspection is very beneficial in this regard.
Ever wonder what you could have done during a dispute when you were just too absorbed to make up your own opinion about the entire thing? Here’s where introspection enters the picture.
If you already had an opinion you would have actually done something for the righteous one and helped him/her in the attainment of justice.
3. Makes you wiser
All the great spiritual leaders and masters were known to spend time with themselves. Once you detach yourself from the worldly distractions and noise, you will be able to connect to your soul and actually think about it.
That is exactly the reason why introspection is considered to be the only way to make you wiser. The best part is, you can learn without committing any mistake.
4. Makes you soulful
Introspection unites you with your lost soul. It is believed that every individual encompasses internal energy.
In order to stay at peace, it is crucial to stay connected with that energy, because it gains its strength through your mind’s energy.
The more you think, the more you conciliate your inner spiritual self. When you think about yourself and question your existence, this energy becomes powerful enough to make you feel at rest and peace.
5. Liberates you from anxieties
Once we are attuned to ourselves, we soon realize that there is no point of worrying over the things that are not under our control.
Freedom does not mean that you can do whatever you want to do without taking any responsibility for your actions.
Introspection helps you attain the sense of freedom with responsibility. When an individual starts taking accountability of their actions, things automatically become less stressful.
6. Turns you into an empathetic person
People who understand themselves, are able to understand other people as well. They are not among those sympathy givers who do nothing to help the person in need.
A person who is well attuned to their own feelings knows exactly what the other person wants in a particular situation and would do better to assist them.
7. Broadens your horizon
We all feel a little too confused about what we actually want in our lives. However, if you start thinking about yourself for a while, you will be able to figure out what you want to do with your life.
It just would not be restricted to what other people have been doing; rather it would be a decision taken after detailed inquiry in all the available possibilities.
8. Grows you as an individual
When we start thinking about ourselves, we realize that nothing can stop us from becoming better individuals. We grow spiritually, emotionally and physically in all dimensions.
This is the time when our personal needs stretch for the benefits of others who are in need or suffering. And that is the highest level of ownership that an individual can show towards humanity.