THE PYRAMID OF SELF-REFLECTION

Ancient texts promote reflective living. The reasons why are crystal clear. Since time immemorial, individuals have been unlikely to sort through and acknowledge the underpinnings of life's journey, absent self-examination.  Besides, we are tempted to look outside of ourselves to blame and judge rather than to excavate the interior of our own lives to unveil the power within.

The process of reflection can be likened to the design of a pyramid. The majority of the weight and spread are closer to the bottom whereas the structure narrows toward the top. To illustrate the point, the heart (or belief system) is at the base of the pyramid. The heart gives birth to thoughts that in turn fuel our emotions and attitudes that shape our words, actions, habits, and over time, our character. With each point on the pyramid, we reaffirm what is in the heart. For instance, when others observe our character, they merely glimpse the tip of the iceberg. Beneath our character is an entire history of beliefs that have served as the foundation for our character, whether positive or negative.

The Pyramid of Self-Reflection is also recursive in that we can travel up the pyramid to test the fruitfulness of our assumptions and temptations or travel down the pyramid to investigate the origin of our conventions. This pyramid is instructive in helping us to pause long enough to ask difficult questions with regards to each point along the pyramid. Honest answers to such challenging inquiries help us to yield more judicious decision-making and engage in more positive interactions.


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