To put it simply, we are all so busy or at least we think we are so busy that it might be difficult to find time to think about who we are in terms of our strengths and weaknesses, our drives and personalities, our habits and values. Besides, many of us just do not spend much time on self-reflection or personal prayer. Even when we are given honest and open feedback we avoid doing anything about it because isn't always what we want to hear. Consequently, many of us have a pretty low level of self-esteem. Self-awareness can improve our judgment and help us identify opportunities for personal development and decision making.
Self-Awareness or interiority is the ability to have a clearer perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, and beliefs. Self-Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. Self-awareness is what led St. Augustine toward his conversion of mind and heart.
As you develop the art of self-awareness, interiority and discernment you are able to make changes in your life that are well thought-out and positive, promoting spiritual growth. Self-awareness is the first step in creating what you want to become by allowing it to be a gateway to prayer and discernment. It can provide you the opportunity to look prayerfully inward while recognizing the positive effects that it can have on your attitude.
Lent is that time of the year when we can provide ourselves with a variety of opportunities to become more self-aware and prayerfully engage in mediation, mindfulness and devotional opportunities that can become a constructive part of our everyday life far beyond the Lenten season. Join us for any of all of the Lenten activities. A great way to begin this process of self-awareness or disclosure is by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A first step in the process of learning about yourself!