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Day 17 - Reflection

Our past is the greatest of teachers.

Yet our future largely hinges on whether or not we realize what history is trying to teach us. To hear its message, we can start by developing a type of radical honesty—an honesty that’s both free of prejudice and full of understanding, built through deep reflection and acceptance. 

Deep reflection is a lost art most of us were never taught. Yet, without learning to be truly contemplative, we find ourselves scattered, distracted, or worse—moving faster and faster toward the wrong finish line. Mastering reflection takes lots of practice, and even more patience—because it forces us to stop and look at the map, and regularly reevaluate where we’re going. the remainder of the reflection here.

Action Step:

What are your current reflection practices? Which of these practices have you found to be most helpful to you? Take a moment to reflect on why this particular practice is so powerful for you. 

Reflection Tips:

- Pick a decision or ongoing issue you are struggling with. Take time and journal about this topic for 5-10 minutes everyday for a week.

- Take 10 minutes every morning or evening to meditate.

- Create a habit of journaling each day for 10 minutes. You can use the bullet space in your Monk Manual or use a separate notebook to collect your thoughts in. Whether you start by just writing down what you did that day, or just free write whatever is on your mind, the important thing is to build the habit and find what works best for you.

- Limit technology, email and/or social media to weekdays and let your weekends be a time of connection and reflection. Alternatively, decide no internet or phone before 8am or after 8pm.

Steven Lawson

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