Get to Know Yourself: A No-nonsense Guide to Self Awareness by Karen McCulloughAlthough popular imagination consigns self-discovery to adolescence, the work of finding yourself is lifelong. Understanding and deciding who we are can bring a clarity of purpose, a slow healing, and a steady sort of pleasure to our lives. Books about finding yourself abound, and you will find some of them on this list. Others on this list are not specifically about finding yourself, though they can aid you in that work just the same. These are tip-of-the-iceberg books about finding yourself; think of this list as a starter syllabus to introduce possibilities that may interest you, experiences you may relate to, and material for reflection. These books about finding yourself are full of thoughtful ideas, but this list is not definitive. Its seven categories are not the only ways you can define and know yourself, but they cover a large swath of what makes up an identity.
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Know Yourself, Understand Others
The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. I was still at my corporate job in a past life, living in total conflict with my core values, and still denying the reality of the situation. It took a simple phrase to snap me out of my coma and help me see how I had created my own agony: By denying who I am. And for what? You are who you are. The earlier in life you accept this and get on with it, the easier and sweeter you shall live out your days.
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Lack of confidence can affect many areas of your life. Personal expectations or those of others can increase self doubt, and it is often difficult to find a way which is right for you.
Knowing yourself is an important step to achieving happiness and peace. To learn your true self, identify the qualities that make you unique. Daily reflection and meditation can help you cultivate a deeper understanding of your identity. As time goes on, you can build on these discoveries to create a deep and meaningful relationship with yourself. To get to know yourself, write in a journal for a few minutes every day so you can keep track of your inner thoughts and feelings. As you write, ask yourself thoughtful questions, and try to be honest with yourself as you write down the answers. Keep reading to learn how mindfulness and meditation can help you get to know yourself better!