Updated: Oct 2
The month of October is bookended by 2 full moons, one on 1 October and the other on 31 October, full moons are all about ending or closing old cycles, reflecting on how you have done things in the past, and discovering if there are better ways to move forward.
Throughout the month I will be sharing a variety of practices to guide you through your time of self-reflection and introspection. It is important to note that I am not an expert on the subject of self-equiry, but rather I am sharing my personal practices that have helped me in the past, in the hopes that perhaps you find an element that resonates with you and allows you the opportunity to get to know your body, mind or spirit a little bit better.
Throughout the month of October I will be sharing yoga practices, meditations, and journaling prompts to guide you on this journey. There is no set way to do this, choose what you would like to do, in a time that suits you best and just allow your intuition to take the lead.
Do your best to move away from a “doing” mindset and into a “being” mindset, by allowing yourself to follow what feels right for you and not forcing any outcomes.
In the meantime, here is some food for thought…
Why is Introspection so important?
Research has shown that we think more than 50 000 thoughts per day, and more than 50% of these thoughts are negative, while 90% are continual thought loops or repeats from the day before.
By giving yourself this time for introspection, you allow yourself the opportunity to evolve as a human and remove yourself from the “auto-pilot” seat. Stepping into a more conscious way of being, even if it is only for a short while. Eventually these moments become longer and longer as you spend more time getting to know yourself.
So how do I practice Introspection?
You could start by simply asking yourself a few questions to help you get the ball rolling. I will use some of the following questions as the journal prompts through the month of October, but feel free to use them as a means to get started on your journey.
These 10 questions are great ways to start your journey of self-reflection (Woronko, n.d.):
Am I using my time wisely?
Am I taking anything for granted?
Am I employing a healthy perspective?
Am I living true to myself?
Am I waking up in the morning ready to take on the day?
Am I thinking negative thoughts before I fall asleep?
Am I putting enough effort into my relationships?
Am I taking care of myself physically?
Am I letting matters that are out of my control stress me out?
Am I achieving the goals that I’ve set for myself?
Take the journey one step at a time, some days you might not feel like doing the work but this feeling in itself is a form of introspection. You could take this opportunity to practice self-examination and ask yourself why you don’t want to do the work today. You might find some answers in this sense of resistance.
Some days it might be all you want to do, but remember to try your best to not sink into a spiral of emotions. This could end up being less helpful to you and if you find this happening, stop what you are doing and perhaps get outside, or doing something that you know makes you feel good. As Mooji says:
“Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.”
I am so excited to share these practices with you and I hope that by the end of this cycle you have learned something new about yourself and realized what an incredible human being you are.
Love and Light