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The Path To Self Discovery

Aug 17, 2007
It seems sometimes that life is just one long intensive journey to find out who we really are. Each of us is constantly searching deep within ourselves to find our authentic selves. In this article, I am going to give you some ideas on how to better achieve this goal, and how to discover parts of yourself that you didn't know existed!

The first part of self-discovery is always inner reflection. That is, looking inside of ourselves to see what is there. One of the very best ways to achieve this is by journaling. Have you ever kept a journal or a diary? Do you keep one now? If not, now is a great time to start!

You can journal about absolutely anything you wish! You can make your journal a daily diary, or write down only your hopes and dreams, or keep a log of things you are thankful for. There are a million ways to keep a journal, and there is no "right" or "wrong" way of doing it. I myself keep several journals on hand. One is for a daily diary, the other is a dream journal to record all of my dreams, and yet another is a thankfulness journal where I write down 5 things each night that I am thankful for.

Keeping a journal is one way to self-discovery, but there are other ways that are more external than internal. One of the most simple methods of self-discovery is one that most of us take for granted...our friends! Our friends our mirrors of ourselves. They are our sounding boards, and reflections of ourselves. A simple meaningful conversation with a friend can tell you lots of information about yourself if you only pay attention!

Getting involved with groups or activities will also help on your path to self discovery! That is, by joining things such as belly dancing classes, quilting groups, volleyball teams, and other such groups. Even if it is something you would not ordinarily consider, you might find out amazing things about yourself! I know a woman who had no previous desire to crochet, but took a local crochet class, and found out she had a real knack for it! This past Christmas she gave me a beautiful sweater she had learned to make.

Self discovery isn't a destination...it is a journey of the mind, body and spirit. It may take a lot of reflection, and even some pain to get through. Another idea you can use is to clip pictures out of magazines, and make a collage of who you think you are and who you want to be. Analyze the differences!

All of these things will help you on your path to finding your authentic self. When you are on that path, never ever get discouraged, because the answers are always there hidden somewhere within you!
About the Author
Stephanie Davies is a 27 year old Missourian with a loving husband and an 8 year old son. She currently owns her own business which sells handmade candles, incense, bath & body products and other handcrafted products at http://www.mystickalincense.com .
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