LiftIowa Guest Piece: The Necessity of Reflection
Ginny Wilson-Peters | Owner, Integrity Integrated
Reflection is when we take time for ourselves in a way that gives us information about who we truly are. By reflection, I’m talking about some daily practice that accomplishes two or three of the following objectives: clearing your mind, relaxing your body and opening your heart.
I struggled with my own daily practice of reflection, in part because I was stuck in the belief that I had to have one practice that I committed to every day. I know some people who practice meditation every day or practice yoga every day, but I found myself wanting variety. Finally, the aha moment! I discarded my belief that I was required to do the same practice, and replaced it with a commitment to some form of daily reflective practice. For me, some days my reflective practice is mediation, other days it is yoga, or a hot tub, or a walk with my dog in the park.
During reflection you might stop and ask yourself questions like:
- What am I feeling?
- What do I value in life?
- What is my life’s purpose?
- Are my actions in alignment with my values?
- What are my true intentions?
Reflection provides the time to quiet our minds and listen. It opens creativity. Reflection promotes a better connection with self. I hope you will take some time out of your busy life to reflect and ask yourself some of these questions.
Nineteen years ago, Ginny Wilson-Peters started Integrity Integrated, a leadership development and executive coaching organization that creates authentic leaders, builds dynamic leadership teams and connects leaders around the world. Ginny currently facilitates leadership programs in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities. She is also a lecturer for the University of Iowa Tippie Executive & Professional MBA programs. Contact her via email.