Notes to self: On Awareness

Since I began researching psychotherapy and self-awareness, I’ve been keeping relevant notes. My notepad serves as an extension of my memory, in which i can write down ideas to never forget. These notes are directed toward me, as goals for how to act and be. But I believe many of these insights are capable of helping anyone who attempts to embody them.

Organized notes

Maintain presence of mind. Seek heart based wisdom and useful knowledge.

Train to see good in all things; As you think, you shall be.

Strive for self-awareness of all feelings and an understanding of their origin.

Attempt to maintain complete self-honesty.

All truth depends on perspective. Ask yourself the hardest questions.

Vision is but one very limited sense. Eyes are useless if your mind is blind.

Attitude and emotions can be contagious. Take responsibility; Master your own.

Nourish important relationships; Always be attentive for more.

Everything you want requires action. Act with efficiency and intelligence.

Be mindful of cause and effect in each moment; understand the relationship to what follows.

What you put into your body affects everything about it.

When faced with importance, difficulty, or urgency, clear your mind and set it to the task at hand.

All problems and solutions come from within.

We’re always being guided to find the answers, whether through personal experiences or the experience of others. Being open minded with healthy skepticism, will improve understanding of self and reality.

Question everything. Especially yourself. Do so as objectively as possible. If you can’t change your mind, you can’t change anything.

Don’t impose beliefs. Other views are no less valuable than your own. Accept all of life’s perspectives with attempt of understanding, and peace as priority.

Bad news: you’re not always going to fit in. Good news: great ones never do.

Emphasize reason; individualism.

Be humble enough to know you’re better than no one; Wise enough to know you’re different than everyone.

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”- Steve Jobs

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” – Einstein

Never lose enthusiasm for the magnificence of our existence.

“My own mind is my own church.” – Thomas Paine

The human mind is the most amazing, complex, and miraculous thing in the known universe. Explore it!

“When it comes your time, sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” – Tecumseh

Utilize self-awareness, minimize regret.