“The only journey is the one within.” ~Rainier Maria Rilke
When I consider what is most important in my life, aside from family and friends, I am continually drawn back to self-actualization.
I haven’t always called it this. Over the years, I’ve thought of it as fulfilling my potential as a human being, being the best person that I can be, consciously designing the life that I want, living a life in alignment with my values, and making a difference in the world.
Yet in some way, these all relate back to that peak of Maslow’s hierarchy, to the need to find meaning in life and fully express one’s potential.
This is an ongoing process. It can even be considered a life’s work.
In this process of self-evolution, I’ve found a few practices that have supported my own growth and development:
- Meditation – developing mindfulness so that I can live consciously in the world
- Simplicity – reducing external and internal distractions so that I can focus on what’s truly important
- Habits – reinforcing habits that support my physical, mental, and emotional growth and well-being
- Productivity – establishing practices to ensure that work is completed while allowing time for personal development
This is not to say, of course, that I’ve achieved the level of personal growth and development that I seek.
My life is an imperfect work in progress, with many missteps and stumbles punctuated by moments of clarity and understanding. This blog is where I share what I have learned and continue to learn in case some parts of my own journey may be of value to others. I hope that you will join me on this path.