Do you really see me at all?”
“Yes, oh, yes, of course I do;
The question is Do you see you?”
I observe life around me, mostly because I marvel at it all. Life, people, and our environments intrigue me but not always in a positive way. I marvel at how few people actually reflect on self and actually know self. How do I know that many do not know themselves? I hear and see the news that reports on all the turmoil and stress and hatred and confusion; then, I know. I know that many of us do not listen to our hearts. Many primarily heed the ego, which they equate to logic but which actually, most of the time, equates to rationalization. Rationalization is not logic, not by a long shot.
From ancient times, sages have urged us to know ourselves. The only way to truly do that is to listen to our own hearts, that core self, that inner person who is our true identity. Once that identity is known, so is our personal truth. How do we know whether the ego or the heart is speaking? I believe this: the heart does not urge destructive competition, war, hatred of others, or a whole long list of daily news fare. When things like this show up in life, it’s not from our hearts.
Many people are very business oriented and disinclined to believe the above distinction between heart and ego. I pity those who do not, because they are either not happy themselves and always looking for something more to fulfill them, or they are trying to control themselves and others in order to maintain their version of life, consequently, making others unhappy (read here bully, blowhard, abuse-inflicting, authoritarian bosses). Some organizations recognize the need for self-awareness and provide resources to help their employees to that end. They know that a contented, self-aware individual will be more innovative, valuable, profitable, pleasant, etc., i.e., a true asset.
When is the last time you looked in a mirror, really looked, and spoke to your own heart? It’s a good day to start a conversation with your heart and listen to the sages of old: Know thyself.