We are primarily emotional beings.
We like to believe we are logical and rational, but we are not.
At least, not before or while making a decision to do or not do something.
After the decision has been made is when we rationalize:
To make sense or to justify our in/actions.
Introspection and contemplation are necessary to learn from our mistakes and/or to recognize when we make productive choices.
It also helps us to acknowledge that our emotions dictate our behaviour.
In this way, incessant self-reflection loses some of its power.
It’s that habit of replaying what has just happened in our mind’s eye, even just for a milli-second after we:
- Greet someone quickly
- Lose our cool while driving
- State our belief in a heated discussion
- Do something stupid
- Choose to ignore someone
- Read something interesting
It could be anything.
Here is something to play with: Try to curtail self-reflection.
You can start by recognizing when you actively mirror yourself.
And when it happens, bring your attention back to your physical surroundings, as if what is around you is constantly being regenerated.
Even if you’re in a room by yourself.
If you do, the more you’ll see what is around you at the same time.
That is, your peripheral vision will improve.
Just see what happens if…
You set the intent to curtail mindless self-reflection.
The space you have to make decisions might just expand.