We know so many things but we don’t know ourselves. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. Meister Eckhart, German theologian
Naikan is a Japanese word meaning “inside looking” or “introspection.” Naikan, used as a method of self-reflection, was developed by Japanese Buddhist, Yoshioto Ishin. The Naikan approach broadens our view of reality and helps us heal the past. Naikan reflection is based on three questions:
What have I received from __________?
What have I given to ____________?
What troubles and difficulties have I caused __________?
These questions will help you reflect on your relationships and see them from all sides. They can be helpful in the process of forgiveness, understanding, and a reality check on your own behavior.
Affirmation: I’m willing to look inside.
Coaching question/request: Take 20 minutes and reflect on these questions. Consider using them as prompts in a daily meditation. What difference might the answers make in your life?