A Cup Of Tea
Nan-In, a Japanese ZEN Master during the Meiji era (1868-1912) received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-In served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. ‘It is overfull. No more will go in!’
‘Like this cup,’ Nan-in said. ‘You are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup? ‘
Leadership & Why Self-discovery Is Important
Self-discovery is more than just a passing buzzword. Self-discovery is a process we all must go through to find our purpose, become better leaders, and stay connected with what’s most important in our lives.
The Oxford Dictionary defines self-discovery as: “The process of acquiring insight into one’s own character.” The more you know about yourself, the more choices you can make that are aligned with who you are and what you want—and the happier you’ll be.
Reasons Why People Pursue Self Discovery
Seeking oneself and developing a more in-depth understanding of life are conquests many choose to pursue. It’s difficult to always have everything figured out, especially with all the distractions and obstacles you may face. Before you know it, you don’t know who you are anymore, what you truly love doing, and you feel stuck. This is why self-discovery is so important.
It’s crucial to truly know oneself in order to live a meaningful life. Self-discovery is a relevant process towards personal development and growth. It celebrates individuality and self-love and serves as a valuable reminder of what knowing oneself truly means. It’s a process to search for purpose, identity, and potential.
Purpose in Life
Many individuals don’t know their purpose in life. Some mistake their current career paths for their passion. But your job and what you’re supposed to do can be two very different things.
Some people settle for a job that pays the bills, while others are lucky enough to work in a field that they genuinely enjoy. Exploring your identity will help you to find the resolve that you need to live your life to the fullest.
As you discover your purpose, you’ll find new interests that help you to grow and learn more about yourself. Finding purpose can be something as simple as discovering new hobbies or reconnecting with old interests that you may have forgotten along the way. It’s also about finding a balance between what makes you feel alive and what you do for a living.
Clarity of Mind
Discovering the self-starts from within, by getting in touch with your innermost thoughts and senses. Broadening your perspective and refocusing your energy will heighten your sense of self and help you to realize the value of your life.
Self-discovery will also introduce you to new challenges in life. It can steer you towards big changes. Once you decide to go on a journey to find yourself, you should be ready to try new things, and release the mental and emotional baggage you’ve been carrying. Making a change may help you to realize your true purpose in life. New activities will broaden your perspective and bring you inner peace.
Giving up an aspect of your life may seem like too much to handle at first but exploring unknown possibilities can lead you towards better opportunities. You can pursue your passion and reignite old interests. Don’t be afraid to try to redefine yourself, even if it seems scary and unfamiliar.
Sense of Fulfillment
Venturing out to find a better version of yourself can give a sense of fulfillment once you begin to learn more about your identity. You’ll feel more in touch with your inner self, and more at peace with your life. It’ll also teach you how to celebrate your own achievements, appreciate the things you currently have, and learn to let go of those that no longer help you grow.
Who should pursue self-discovery?
There are no limitations on who can discover themselves. If you feel like you want to find your life’s purpose or simply reconnect with your interests then start pursuing your life’s meaning. It can help you to embrace and rely on yourself more, as well as encourage you to live a successful and happy life and drive you to chase after your dreams.
How do I start?
There are thousands of books about self-help and self-discovery that can guide you towards a more meaningful personal development path. Books focused on improving oneself can help address any questions you may have and guide you towards a more fruitful journey. I have been facilitating and coaching people through the journey of self-discovery. It is my passion and my purpose.
I believe the discovery of oneself should be a fundamental goal for everyone. Life is too short to let others dictate who you can be. Knowing oneself will direct you to your life’s purpose and help you to actualize your full potential.
And you? When will you begin your journey into yourself? – Rumi
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