Thinking Back After the Pandemic?
We will eventually return to work, school, and other responsibilities after the pandemic. Will there eventually be a new normal, though? Differences that arise after the forcible shutdown of regular business?
For many of us, the lockdown means more stress from being cooped up at home, more concern about finances, and more annoyance. The pause in routine living may, however, also present an opportunity.
Considering all the extra time we have had. more time to consider things. to reflect on what truly matters, or what is truly significant in the long run.
Therefore, I’m curious to know what this way of thinking is telling us. Any issues that were previously swept under the rug?
How to do self-reflection now for after the pandemic
Now is our chance to reflect on ourselves, but how do we go about doing that? The issue is that if we get bogged down in the details of day-to-day worries, we risk losing sight of the bigger picture of our lives.
How can we then try to get a deeper perspective by stepping away from what usually occupies us? Here are some pointers to help you with this.
1. Make time to relax alone in silence.
Spend a few minutes alone, perhaps in the garden or on a walk, before purposefully engaging in self-reflection.
2. Have a starting point
With whatever is currently on your mind, begin the reflective period. Starting here is as good a place as any to do so since we have to start somewhere. You might be drawn to something by a worry, a challenge, a question, or even just a nagging feeling.
3. Mull it over
From the starting point, allow the mind to wander as it pleases. Don’t be scared to let it take you to places you haven’t been in a while. It can be unsettling, to be sure, if we have received harsh criticism for straying from the path. Just keep in mind the main concern from which you started.
4. Challenge excuses
Take note of the justifications you invent for not bothering. Refute the notion that you lack the opportunity for introspection. If we forgo something less important, we can always find time for something else.
Also, don’t accept the idea that it’s just a fun diversion or a waste of time. I’ve discovered my mind is capable of exploration and discovery, but is this really the case? In other words, I discover my desires and my expectations for them when I reflect on my life.
5. Consciously reflect on your goals in life
Think about the things that are truly important to you. what matters most to you. Think about your own values and motivations. In other words, it might entail asking yourself, “Who am I?’, ‘where do Where did I come from? and “Where am I going?’
6. Consider looking ‘above self’
Emanuel Swedenborg, a spiritual philosopher, contrasts “looking above oneself” with “looking below oneself.”
‘Thinking about what is best for one’s family, friends, and community is referred to as “looking above oneself.” allowing that to guide our efforts. evaluating our priorities and deciding where we want to stand. Most likely, as one mulls things over calmly and logically, one’s values will begin to shine through.
The alternative is to look “below self.” Similar to closing one’s mind to a higher perspective An aggressive mindset results from this egoism. Instead of choosing a different course of action, it prefers dishonest self-justification for doing things “my way.” One who views their own welfare as a goal in and of itself has this attitude. A higher meaning and purpose for one’s life that one can personally discover are severely constrained by this, which is the most important aspect.
7. Remember any deeper sense of calling
We occasionally lose sight of the sense of calling towards a new horizon that we once had. a hint of a grander scheme for our lives, which we might be able to revive following the pandemic. My internal personal struggles: have they diverted me or thrown me off course? Maybe I’m depressed, regretful, impatient, or feeling hopeless. This might be the result of a lack of appreciation, insensitivity, or betrayal that was shown to me.
Much of this can be anticipated, according to Swedenborg. Our spiritual development is subject to a cyclical process. awakening, seeking, discovering faith and hope, battling, and then rediscovering meaning and purpose
Summary about after the pandemic
In summary, we might open up new vistas, gain new perspectives, or clarify our goals by taking advantage of this momentary lull in the fast-paced pace of life. Each of us has a limited amount of power. Nevertheless, after the pandemic, we should have the opportunity to put some of what we have learned into practice.