There are various things that we all know we should do in order to live our best possible lives, and to enjoy a greater overall sense of well-being and perspective. And maybe over the last few months, you’ve been reflecting on how you can reconnect with yourself on a deeper level.
Certainly, everyone is familiar with the idea that regular physical exercise is a great “self-care” practice, and the same is true for good nutrition. Another core area that requires no less focus – but which is significantly harder to define – is the ability to get in touch with your “inner world.”
Generally speaking, philosophies, religious perspectives, and cultural traditions from around the world and throughout the ages have emphasised the importance of getting in touch with your internal impulses and motivations, and developing a degree of introspection and self-knowledge.
So, here are a few ways to get in touch with your inner world more.
A lot of people consider reading fiction to be more or less a waste of time – something frivolous and entertaining, which doesn’t really do much good in a broader sense, much less leading to anything “productive” being achieved.
This, however, is a very flawed perspective to say the least.
In fact, researchers have found that when people read fictional stories, the same regions of their brains are activated as they would be if the individuals were living out those experiences themselves – just to a lesser degree.
Reading fiction allows you to almost live out many lives vicariously, and to reconnect with yourself by exploring your emotions and perspectives in a deeply intimate way that can’t be easily mirrored through other pastimes.
Reading fiction, in other words, can help to make you a more whole and well-rounded person, with a deeper connection to their own internal world.
Toss a coin or do a tarot reading
Esoteric divination practices such as tarot or I Ching reading may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and they might not immediately seem to be the kinds of practices that will necessarily lead to you reconnect with yourself more deeply.
And yet, even if you ignore all the metaphysical claims about these practices, there is still a very interesting psychological argument to be made that the simple act of engaging in something like a tarot reading helps you to externalise elements of your own deep psychology in the form of symbols and associations, and to then react accordingly.
The symbolism of a tarot card, or the prediction that a tarot reading generates for you, will naturally have to be filtered through your own thought processes, symbolic associations, and set of experiences. In some sense, then, you are investigating your own mind by interpreting a reading or a fortune.
The same thing happens in a more direct sense with a simple coin toss.
If you are having trouble making a decision about something, then tossing a coin can often be very helpful – not because you should necessarily do whatever the coin toss tells you to, but because you will very often discover what your own preference actually is, when the coin is up in the air. Are you hoping for heads to land? Or is it tails?
Find regular opportunities for silence
In order to reconnect with yourself on a deeper level, you need to be able to find regular opportunities for silence – moments where you can afford to dwell on your own thoughts, or at least have them playing at the edge of your awareness without being constantly drowned out by external noise and stimulation.
These days, there is a perpetual glut of entertainment options and information sources available day and night, and the consequence of that is that we don’t allow ourselves enough time to let our thoughts play out against themselves.
Perpetual distraction can be entertaining – and some degree of distraction and information input is certainly necessary. But if you overdo it, it can be extremely difficult to reconnect with yourself.
Consider Angel Healing
Angel Healing Therapy works with the angels, archangels and ascended masters to assist with healing, grounding and protection, inspiration and fulfillment, gratitude and happiness. I recently had the opportunity to try this remotely with fellow blogger Cuddle Fairy who has recently started offering distance Angel Healing sessions.
With a focus on getting rid of the many things that had been troubling me in the months prior, my session helped me feel reconnected to myself, feel empowered, feel more focussed and be at peace with myself. If you haven’t tried it before I would highly recommend it! You can find out more about Cuddle Fairy’s Angel Healing here.
Do some “thought watching” meditation
There are all sorts of different types of meditation out there which enjoy varying degrees of popularity. One variant which can really help you reconnect with yourself and get a sense for what might be preoccupying you at any given moment, is “thought watching” meditation.
With this meditation style, the aim is to sit still in a relaxed position and to actively watch your thoughts arise, come, and go, without trying to control or direct them and without passing judgement.
It’s important to realise, during this exercise, that the thoughts which pop up into your head are in some sense independent and symbolic phenomena from your subconscious mind – as opposed to being aspects of yourself that you need to necessarily have a strong emotional reaction to.
If you are looking to reconnect with yourself have you tried any of the above techniques? Do share in a comment below.