Notes on Introspection

Introspection (or internal perception) is the self-examination of one’s conscious thoughts and feelings. In psychology, the process of introspection relies exclusively on the purposeful and rational self-observation of one’s mental state; however, introspection is sometimes referenced in a spiritual context as the examination of one’s soul.  Introspection is closely related the philosophical concept of human self-reflection, and is contrasted with external observation. – Wikipedia


Photo by: A. Sales

I used to be so excited about the Year of the Dragon, but after facing the first quarter storm, I was under the impression that 2012 would be a lackluster year…I was wrong.  Change of perspective or luck?  =)

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. ” – Dalai Lama XIV

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers, because their presence provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience, and understanding.” – Dalai Lama XIV

I’m not as feisty as I was in my 20s.  The years have probably mellowed me.  Since last year, I found myself in deep introspection in several occasions.  It wasn’t about entering a depressive state, but rather thinking about lifelong happiness and fulfillment…a selfless pursuit in putting more meaning to life.  Time to shut the noise – those unwanted signals which blocked the flow of positive energy. Once again, the vibrant energy has begun to transcend across multiple facets of life, including interpersonal dealings.

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes everyday.  This is a power you can cultivate.  If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind.  That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

Quo vadis? – Sentosa, SG
Photo by: C. Dirampaten

“When life becomes too complicated, overwhelming, or confusing, it’s useful to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose or goal.  Take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities based on that.  This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see what directions to take…The turning toward happiness as a valid goal and the conscious decision to systematically seek it can profoundly change the rest of our lives. ” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.,  The Essence of Happiness, 2010.

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Sunset – Boracay Island, Philippines
Photo: A. Sales