Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Reflection, 21st December

21. Reflection

”All truly great thoughts are conceived through walking.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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© 3DI Associates Photography

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“It takes a certain ingenuous faith – but I have it – to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth.” 

A. C. Grayling 

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

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© 3DI Associates Photography

”Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.”

Sophocles

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“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

Peter F. Drucker

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We should live in the moment. We should meditate without thinking. So what is the purpose of reflection?
Soto Zen is a practice that manages to release our minds of unnecessary distractions through reflection and ultimately quiet and thought-free meditation.

Reflection can be a release. It can be, as Peter F. Drucker says in the quote above, a means to even more effective action. If reflection is causing one to perpetually live in the past, unable to see or cope with the present, then the future seems bleak, and the purpose of reflection is lost.

Reflection is important. There are times in life when we should stop, reflect and learn from our reflections, particularly if we are repeatedly making choices that make ourselves and/or others unhappy. There are also times in life when reflecting on the immense perfection of a previous moment of time can stimulate and enable us to live peacefully, serenely and in oneness.

The trick is dwelling on neither.

To live our lives in constant reflection doesn’t allow us to live in the now. If we’re spending so much time reflecting, we’re not giving enough time for living, be that reflection positive or less so.

We should, however, ensure that we make time in our busy lives for self-reflection. Finding ourselves, who we are and what makes us unique, is a valuable use of our time and an important component of living well.

Today, we should unite in quiet reflection. Our collective gratitude for the positive and humane aspects of living might not end the world but instead give a rebirth to a world, full of calm and harmonious life – now and in the future.

For more on how to be reflective and not be consumed by it, please read the link below.

http://zenhabits.net/5-powerful-reasons-to-make-reflection-a-daily-habit-and-how-to-do-it/

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