So when one considers a self-discovery, there are four things to consider and understand quite clearly: first, there has to be a clear intention of what you want to achieve. Without an idea of what you would like to discover about yourself, you cannot hope to embark on this journey. Secondly, there has to be an action (or movement). The action could be very subtle and doesn't have to be physical. But is has to be strong and deliberate. Even a thought could be deliberate and strong correct? It can be physical or mental but you have to “move” and there has to be some kind of action. The emphasis on this second step is to move like if you would on a physical discovery. Move and notice what happens. As human beings we have the ability to self-distance and watch ourselves. Use this ability to notice something about yourself. An important subtext to the second step is that you must put the ego aside and observe yourself without being critical. Judgment and preconceived ideas get in the way of self-discovery. One doesn't go on a physical discovery and predict what one will find does one? That wouldn't be a discovery at all. So why would you do this when you go on a mental self-discovery? You cannot predict the future, so don't. In summary, once you have been through the process of understanding what you would like to discover about yourself, set an intention, and actively gone on a route of discovery, can you learn something about yourself and grow as a human being.
The point of all of this is that finding oneself is pretty useless unless there is growth. The point is to get over your self and grow into a better human being. It takes awareness, humility, courage and most importantly a strong intent to transcend the old self.
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