How To Get To Know Yourself And Others



Getting to know yourself is the work of a lifetime, not least because who you are might seem to change quite often. Imagine then how difficult it may be to really know someone else. It might seem impossible, but in reality, people are not very different from one another. In fact, the Enneagram says there are only nine personality types, and Ayurveda has just three constitutions. 

With these ancient practices it might be easier to get to know ourselves and others than we think.

Mindfulness

This ancient technology has become massively popular in recent years, partly due to the internet and its ability to disseminate information so easily. Once thought of as a sacred religious practice now anyone can benefit from it regardless of their life situation. It involves using the senses of your body to bring yourself into the present moment. This can be done at any time and in any mood - even, or especially, at stressful times. Bringing yourself into this place of spacious awareness draws attention to any mental or emotional issues you have going on. These can then be addressed - or not.

Enneagram

The roots of the Enneagram are unclear and disputed. Some believe it has origins in the Sufi tradition, others think it comes from ancient Christianity. But it is old, and has been used for thousands of years to uncover the mysteries of personality and help people to reach their full potential. The Enneagram is a nine-sided geometric symbol that contains the nine personality types. By answering questions users can discover more about their own personalities and the personalities of others. If you want to find out what makes other people tick for personal or business reasons, have a go at the Enneagram.

Yoga

Yoga is another ancient human technology that has come into fashion in a big way. When you think of yoga you might think of the cobra pose, the downward facing dog, of the child’s pose. You might also think of people striking impressive poses on rocky vistas. This is how yoga is presented to us in the 21st century, but in reality, it is more than that - and much simpler also. Yoga is an appreciation of the natural world and our place within it. It is simply bringing awareness to our breath and controlling it in a skillful way. Yoga is also lifestyle - how we eat, how we choose to exercise. All of these practices will bring you closer to who you are and improve your life.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a much lesser known life science that is starting to gain popularity among those interested in tailoring their lifestyle to their specific mental, physical, and emotional characteristics. It is an ancient Indian science of medicine that promotes health through prevention using lifestyle choices and a selection of herbs. The theory is that everyone has a particular energy pattern which comprises their own constitution. This constitution is determined by a number of factors and remains fairly constant throughout a lifetime. By analysing this energy pattern, best practice choices can be made about what foods to eat, when to eat, among other things.

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