How well are you able to see outside of your own experience – be the observed and observer at the same time? How well do you know your self? How well are you able to stay grounded in your approach to doing things and connecting with others? How well are you able to keep your expectations of others and your personal ambitions reasonable? Coaching is a great way to get to know you. Meditation is also a great way of getting to know yourself. There are many ways to understand yourself better, and the more you know you, the more you relax and express your authentic contribution to the world.
“Getting to know yourself is the key to developing compassion. It’s not only that when you understand that one thing makes you miserable, therefore this thing may make someone else miserable. It’s much deeper than that. When you really get to know yourself, you realize that when you ignore others, and when you mistreat others, very often it harms you even before it harms them. It’s a very unpleasant experience to be angry. So your anger may harm other people or maybe not. Maybe you’re boiling with anger about somebody, and you don’t do anything about it because she is your boss. You don’t harm her, but your anger harms you. So the more you understand yourself, the greater incentive you have to do something, about your anger, about your hatred, about your fear. Most people discover that as they develop more compassion toward others, they also experience far more peace within themselves.” –Yuval Noah Harari, macro-historian, Professor and best-selling author of “Sapiens” “Homo Deus” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.”