Even if it’s only 5-10 minutes a day, learning to train your mind to be present is so important to your journey towards self-realization. You need to take a step back from the craziness of life and recompose yourself to be present for the things that matter most.
Another great method that can be used to attain self-realization that involves a bit more body strength is yoga. While there are many variations of yoga and has also become a very popular form of exercise in western culture, its original purpose served as a meditative practice to achieve the higher level of consciousness that comes from self-realization.
You can access plenty of free Yoga channels on Youtube or join a gym to get started.
2. Make Time for Self-Realization Every Day
“Don’t pretend to be what you’re not, instead, pretend to what you want to be, it is not pretence, it is a journey to self-realization.” – Michael Bassey Johnson
I know what you’re thinking.
“I don’t have time for this!”
I beg to differ.
About 40 percent of the things you do in a day doesn’t involve you actively making a decision. Instead, it is actually a habit.
Out of all of your habits, there are probably a handful of bad ones. If you can observe your daily routines, there is a simple way to change a bad habit into a good one, which is to start making changes to your environment to make it easier for you to change your habits.
The idea is rather than trying to squeeze in more time to do something, simply alter a daily habit you have into something else.
For example, let’s say you start your morning by brewing your coffee and sitting down on the dining table for 20 minutes to browse the internet to catch up on the news.
The news is usually full of negative information, so why not spend those 20 minutes in meditation instead?
One easy way to make this change is to change your environment up by keeping your laptop and phone in a different room so you don’t have immediate access to it when you sit down on the dining table. You make it easier for yourself to spend time meditating rather than staring at a screen.
Want some more great tips on breaking bad habits? You can try out Lifehack CEO’s secret Control Alternate Delete method, which was the method he used to break 3 bad habits in less than 2 months.
Self-realization doesn’t happen overnight. It will take some time and practice, but if you turn the practices into a habit, you’ll be guaranteed to get there. Once you do, you’ll finally feel like you are in more control over your life and be able to get yourself to the next level.
Now that you have a better understanding of the importance and benefits of self-realization, why not take a moment to put everything down and give it a try?
The path towards self-realization is a fascinating paradox. Your path can be unbelievably easy or it can be extremely difficult. It all depends on you how much you invest yourself into the practice and how determined you are to reap the benefits of self-realization. The path can take many turns and go uphill or downhill at various intersections. Regardless of that, you must walk on the path alone to realize your inner self.
 Sprouts: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
 Loomi: a Deeper understanding of the self: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, wifI and battery life
 The Harvard Gazette, “Wandering mind not a happy mind”
 Bronnie Ware: Regrets of the dying