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The Need for Self-Development

The cultivation of self-awareness is vital for your long-term happiness. You need to form a relationship with your self, to get to know your self. This is the basis of a meaningful and fulfilled life.

Self-awareness is the basis of a meaningful and fulfilled life.

To not know your self and to not spend quality time with your self is crazy. If you are completely out of touch with who you are and your needs you will be unable to fulfill your needs and ultimately suffer great unhappiness and physical and mental ill health.

True self-development teaches you to become aware of your self as both an individual self and a more essential, universal or higher Self. The universal Self is your unchanging, essential core Self. The great wisdom traditions, such as yoga, tell us that your essential self is constructed of pure consciousness. You can discover this part of you through meditation as you become more and more self-aware.

Self-awareness is the most important element

Self-awareness is the most important ingredient in all systems of self-development and spiritual awakening. It is your capacity to experience, feel and know yourself. The more you can feel and know the more you can change. You live a better life and to feel more connected to the universal in you.

Self-regulation

Self-awareness is the most important ingredient in all systems of self-development.

Self-regulation is your ability to take control of your body and mind, and of your life to some degree. It is your ability to use various skills, both innate and learned to influence your life in a healthier, more positive and more creative direction.

Self-development arises when you become self-aware and recognize your need to address issues and remedy old negative patterns and weaknesses. However, awareness alone is not enough. You need to act and make appropriate positive changes by combining self-awareness and self-regulation.

Recognize positive and negative patterns

Self-regulation is your ability to take control of your body and mind.

Once you have developed a degree of self-awareness you become aware of your physical and psychological patterns, your patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.

Some patterns are creative, positive and intelligent – your smart bits. Some patterns are negative and destructive – your dumb bits. The negative patterns are often young and undeveloped parts of you. Once you start to pay attention to and nurture the negative patterns they are freed to blossom into positive and creative patterns.

Make fulfilling and satisfying changes

You are creatively participating in your own evolution.

Once you are aware of your patterns you can apply techniques that enhance positive patterns and remove, manage or change negative patterns. Achieving this is satisfying and fulfilling.

You become more autonomous and feel that you are creatively participating in your own evolution.

An outline of a yogic approach to self-development

A yogic approach to self-development could include the regular practice of some form of yoga, including relaxation and meditation techniques, lifestyle adjustments, and an education on how to better relate to the world and you. The following is one possible self-development program:

Engaging in meaningful self-development allows you to create your own happiness and fulfillment.

1. Start with Yoga Nidra as a way of rejuvenating yourselves, removing fatigue and building the energy required to engage in sustained self-development. This is also therapeutic.

2. Learn how to meditate. Begin a simple meditation practice such as ajapa japa, becoming aware of the breath and a mantra moving in the body. This will calm an overactive mind, awakens higher awareness, and enables you to form a positive, nurturing relationship with your self.

3. Apply what you have learned to your daily life so that you become more conscious of each moment and are able to engage with more of you in a way that is mutually satisfying to all beings. Core Strength Calm Mind teaches you how to stay grounded, relaxed and present with both the positive and the negative situations of life.

Engaging in meaningful self-development allows you to create your own happiness and fulfillment so that you can experience all the wonderful and meaningful elements of life.

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