A friend shared with me their difficulties over reflection – something they wanted to do to aid their learning, but something that was proving difficult for them to achieve.
I could empathise.
Coming to understand the importance of reflection was a long journey for me – from studies, to yoga, to meditation, to mindfulness, to coaching. And what I learnt along the way was that the reflection had to be right for me. No one else could tell me how to do it, though in truth, a few wonderful people helped along the way to guide me and to seed sow.
For my coaching practice, I take delight in keeping a beautiful journal – it has to be beautiful, with just the right weight of paper, to be written on with a pen that I love. Reflecting by writing down my thoughts is a must for me now – perhaps because I simply love writing, perhaps because I’m a very visual learner and I need to see the experience I’ve had.
The way we reflect is, I guess, driven by what’s at the heart of us, and will be individual to each and every one.
- What might help you to reflect?
- Where could you do it?
- What do you need?
- Who needs to know?
- What’s stopping you?
Everyone needs a starting point, a critical moment, a light-bulb happening. I hope that you find yours.