Around 600 BC, one of the 7 sages of Greece inscribed on a temple in Delphi the words, “Know Thyself.”
It’s critical right now to engage awareness of yourself, the things that are meaningful to you and the inner resources you possess in order to make it through this crisis, and to bounce back with new wisdom, new insights, enthusiasm, and new meaning in life.
You will never be happy, satisfied or fulfilled in life unless you know what you want and why you want it. At this time, every one of us is being challenged to reevaluate what is truly important and significant in life. If you are purely focused on survival then it is difficult to engage in any form of self-awareness. Accordingly, first take care of the basics such as ensuring that you have food, water and shelter. You can also engage in slow, gentle deep breathing to engage your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and to calm the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response.) Once you have done that, here are 12 questions that you can ask yourself that will also help you to reevaluate your life:
Section 1: Purpose & Meaning
1. What are the 5 most important things in life to me?
2. What gives me the most meaning and significance in life?
3. Why are they meaningful and significant to me?
Section 2: Sadness, Loss and Gratitude
4. What do I believe I have lot as a result of this pandemic?
5. What do I still have left?
6. What are the things for which I can be grateful, things that make me feel blessed right now, in spite of the crisis?
Section 3: Resiliency & Self-Efficacy
7. What is a peak experience in my life where I overcame a great challenge, and what was required of me to overcome that challenge? How can I apply those same qualities, characteristics to my current situation?
Section 4: Relationships, Resolution & Inner Peace
8. Who are the most important people in my life? Why?
9. What do I believe to be the greatest regret in my life? Why?
10. What are the words that I’ve been too afraid to speak to someone in my life?
11. For what do I need to forgive myself and whom do I need to forgive even if I’ve been struggling to forgive that person?
12. Whom can I help today?
Finally, as you focus on self-awareness and reevaluating your life, remember to take time out to help someone in your social circle. Call your friends and ask, “How are you feeling? How can I help?”
When you help someone else, you gain a sense of significance, hope and meaning! Those same people will express gratitude for your presence in their life!
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Anointed “The Woman Expert” by WGN Chicago, Patrick Wanis PhD is a renowned Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert who developed SRTT therapy (Subconscious Rapid Transformation Technique) and is teaching it to other practitioners. Wanis’ clientele ranges from celebrities and CEOs to housewives and teenagers. CNN, BBC, FOX News, MSNBC & major news outlets worldwide consult Wanis for his expert insights and analysis on sexuality, human behavior and women’s issues. Wanis is the first person ever to do hypnotherapy on national TV – on the Montel Williams show.