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Naikan: A Practice of Gratitude, Self-Reflection, and Attention. The "concept" of self-reflection is one which is endorsed by nearly everyone - religious leaders, therapists, politicians, scientists, etc... Most people would say that self- reflection is a "good idea" just as most people support the good ideas of "love", "peace", "justice" and "healthy living." How do you actually reflect on yourself? What is the method for examining one's life? (from
posted by ColdChef (8 comments total)
What have I received from MetaFilter?

A worldview that is not limited to the things immediately around me.

What have I given to MetaFilter?

Occasional witty banter and links to things that make me smile.

What troubles and difficulties have I caused MetaFilter?

Too much witty banter and bad poetry. But I've cut back. Really I have.
posted by ColdChef at 3:05 PM on April 4, 2003

What have I received from ColdChef?

This nice link about Naikan. Thanks ColdChef.

What have I given to ColdChef?

A fart joke.

What troubles and difficulties have I caused ColdChef?

None, I hope.
posted by homunculus at 3:51 PM on April 4, 2003

I fear that people would take this as license to think about themselves even more than they already do.
posted by padraigin at 4:25 PM on April 4, 2003

i try to have cunning visions :D and attitudinal beliefs!
posted by kliuless at 6:08 PM on April 4, 2003

As an aside, Carlos Castaneda wrote of the fixation of self reflection, to which we are all addicted, as being a debilitating and empty occupation, compared to the perception of the world at large. He has a point. The endless repetition of the world of the self pales before setting yourself aside to commit your attention to something else, something outside of yourself.
posted by kablam at 8:42 PM on April 4, 2003

the fixation of self reflection was also explored in UtEotW :D it's movie nite!
posted by kliuless at 9:21 PM on April 4, 2003

Even if you think you know the answer, it is not the same as discovering the answer. Nice link.
posted by Mack Twain at 11:38 PM on April 4, 2003

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

Thanks ColdChef.
posted by hama7 at 1:58 AM on April 5, 2003

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