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Thinking about It

Swamini Supriyananda - Chinmaya Mission

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Thinking about It

Thinking about It

Swamini Supriyananda - Chinmaya Mission

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Do you ever stop and think about why you do what you do everyday?Australian psychologist turned Hindu Monk, Swamini Supriyananda, provides insightful answers to your contemporary questions and challenges. Her captivating anecdotes, infused with the philosophies of the ancient Hindu teachings, are guaranteed to inspire us to think about it!

Latest Episodes

Self-Unfoldment - What’s that smell? Vasanas!

Lingering like a smell left behind in a room, our Vasanas are the continuity from lifetime to lifetime. These past impressions on the mind manifest as our tendencies, likes, dislikes, and personality traits. For instance, when something comes very easily to us, we had to have worked at some point to acquire that ability. We create who we are, from the past of this life and that of so many previous lifetimes. So let’s put the effort and time in now to master the skills and virtues we value.

9 min4 d ago
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Self-Unfoldment - What’s that smell? Vasanas!

Introspection Course 2 - Day 8 of 8

Other than nurturing the mind with gentle compassion like we would a friend, we can evaluate it like a mystery series by having a sense of wonder and excitement as we figure it out. For introspection questions, we apply to ourselves the concepts learnt in scriptures and commentaries, podcasts, or books. Most importantly, we rely on our intellect to draw that line when we start overthinking. Today, we take a break and think about how important it is to do that.

8 min1 w ago
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Introspection Course 2 - Day 8 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 7 of 8

It is counterproductive to over self-analyze and fixate on rectifying ourselves. With excessive criticism, we collapse inwards and become smaller, no longer blossoming and unfolding. We introspect to see our personality layer, peel it away, and go deeper into ourselves. Once we see the truth underneath it all, we adjust our behavior to bring out and enjoy that beauty within us. Today, focusing on one weakness, we see its effects on us, think of its substitutes and reflect on our thoughts around negating it.

6 min1 w ago
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Introspection Course 2 - Day 7 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 6 of 8

While self-analyzing impartially, we discover weaknesses that could trigger shame or guilt. But when we see our thoughts as they appear, we realize that we experience every type of thought which affects our personality differently. So we need not judge ourselves harshly when we find and can build a pattern of thinking. Introspection also becomes highly amusing and entertaining with practice as we notice the sneakiness of our mind. Today, we reflect on our speech and the damage control we did because of it.

5 min1 w ago
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Introspection Course 2 - Day 6 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 5 of 8

In contrast to who we are, we all have an image we aspire to be. But in our eagerness to be that ideal, we think up another version of ourselves. We also sell ourselves short when we aren’t the ideal we hold. Introspection gives us clarity on who we are as we accurately assess our thoughts, separate from emotions. With detachment, we bridge the disparity between our different images and lift ourselves closer to who we’d like to be. Today, we practice objectivity by looking at ourselves through others’

9 min1 w ago
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Introspection Course 2 - Day 5 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 4 of 8

The introspection structure explains that the deeper we consciously trace a pattern of thought within our personality, the deeper we can negate and adjust. A successful alteration then leads to our unfoldment as it affects so many of our actions. There is also the development of presence of mind as we observe others to learn and experiment with different ways of doing things before eventually adopting one. Today, we notice our feelings about ourselves, about others and when we compare ourselves with others.

6 min2 w ago
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Introspection Course 2 - Day 4 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 3 of 8

The process of introspection takes openness and time for we simply sit in waiting silence with an incident, thought or emotion. There is no active doing or hunting, neither a general idea nor an obvious answer and no hurry to get the answer. Reflecting on a day’s events is a good start for the mind to attune to details. But as we proceed, less specific and more time-pervading questions can be asked. Today, we check our feelings for both the intensity with which they featured and our predominant emotion.

7 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 3 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 2 of 8

Introspection involves a lot of self-observation and self-evaluation. Introspection also entails staying with an identified mental process to see if it was inspired by an emotion or if it created one. So from our actions, thoughts and feelings, we identify the thought or emotion that led to them and its reasoning. It could be completely irrational or have been brewing for some time. Using the same question as yesterday, today we trace our thoughts and check for patterns in our thinking and feeling.

8 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 2 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 1 of 8

While identifying our actions, thoughts, and feelings during introspection, the mind learns to bear a witness attitude. We develop our ability to simply observe. Our mind is also trained to be alert and wholly tuned into our thought process as we examine all identified thoughts for motivation of our actions. These great qualities help build the frame of mind that is needed for meditation. Today, we look back on our day’s actions and reflect if they could have been done any better.

8 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 1 of 8

Introspection Course 1 - Day 8 of 8

We are who we due to our choices and experiences, most of which, were not conscious. Introspection empowers us to make purposeful adjustments and recreate ourselves with understanding and love. Yesterday, we created a space where we could deliberately choose happiness. So today, we ask if we exercised that choice during our day. With openness and awareness, we also recap on previously posed questions, looking for connections or patterns in our being, acting, interacting, reacting, thinking, and feeling.

9 min3 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 1 - Day 8 of 8

Latest Episodes

Self-Unfoldment - What’s that smell? Vasanas!

Lingering like a smell left behind in a room, our Vasanas are the continuity from lifetime to lifetime. These past impressions on the mind manifest as our tendencies, likes, dislikes, and personality traits. For instance, when something comes very easily to us, we had to have worked at some point to acquire that ability. We create who we are, from the past of this life and that of so many previous lifetimes. So let’s put the effort and time in now to master the skills and virtues we value.

9 min4 d ago
Comments
Self-Unfoldment - What’s that smell? Vasanas!

Introspection Course 2 - Day 8 of 8

Other than nurturing the mind with gentle compassion like we would a friend, we can evaluate it like a mystery series by having a sense of wonder and excitement as we figure it out. For introspection questions, we apply to ourselves the concepts learnt in scriptures and commentaries, podcasts, or books. Most importantly, we rely on our intellect to draw that line when we start overthinking. Today, we take a break and think about how important it is to do that.

8 min1 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 8 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 7 of 8

It is counterproductive to over self-analyze and fixate on rectifying ourselves. With excessive criticism, we collapse inwards and become smaller, no longer blossoming and unfolding. We introspect to see our personality layer, peel it away, and go deeper into ourselves. Once we see the truth underneath it all, we adjust our behavior to bring out and enjoy that beauty within us. Today, focusing on one weakness, we see its effects on us, think of its substitutes and reflect on our thoughts around negating it.

6 min1 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 7 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 6 of 8

While self-analyzing impartially, we discover weaknesses that could trigger shame or guilt. But when we see our thoughts as they appear, we realize that we experience every type of thought which affects our personality differently. So we need not judge ourselves harshly when we find and can build a pattern of thinking. Introspection also becomes highly amusing and entertaining with practice as we notice the sneakiness of our mind. Today, we reflect on our speech and the damage control we did because of it.

5 min1 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 6 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 5 of 8

In contrast to who we are, we all have an image we aspire to be. But in our eagerness to be that ideal, we think up another version of ourselves. We also sell ourselves short when we aren’t the ideal we hold. Introspection gives us clarity on who we are as we accurately assess our thoughts, separate from emotions. With detachment, we bridge the disparity between our different images and lift ourselves closer to who we’d like to be. Today, we practice objectivity by looking at ourselves through others’

9 min1 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 5 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 4 of 8

The introspection structure explains that the deeper we consciously trace a pattern of thought within our personality, the deeper we can negate and adjust. A successful alteration then leads to our unfoldment as it affects so many of our actions. There is also the development of presence of mind as we observe others to learn and experiment with different ways of doing things before eventually adopting one. Today, we notice our feelings about ourselves, about others and when we compare ourselves with others.

6 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 4 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 3 of 8

The process of introspection takes openness and time for we simply sit in waiting silence with an incident, thought or emotion. There is no active doing or hunting, neither a general idea nor an obvious answer and no hurry to get the answer. Reflecting on a day’s events is a good start for the mind to attune to details. But as we proceed, less specific and more time-pervading questions can be asked. Today, we check our feelings for both the intensity with which they featured and our predominant emotion.

7 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 3 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 2 of 8

Introspection involves a lot of self-observation and self-evaluation. Introspection also entails staying with an identified mental process to see if it was inspired by an emotion or if it created one. So from our actions, thoughts and feelings, we identify the thought or emotion that led to them and its reasoning. It could be completely irrational or have been brewing for some time. Using the same question as yesterday, today we trace our thoughts and check for patterns in our thinking and feeling.

8 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 2 of 8

Introspection Course 2 - Day 1 of 8

While identifying our actions, thoughts, and feelings during introspection, the mind learns to bear a witness attitude. We develop our ability to simply observe. Our mind is also trained to be alert and wholly tuned into our thought process as we examine all identified thoughts for motivation of our actions. These great qualities help build the frame of mind that is needed for meditation. Today, we look back on our day’s actions and reflect if they could have been done any better.

8 min2 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 2 - Day 1 of 8

Introspection Course 1 - Day 8 of 8

We are who we due to our choices and experiences, most of which, were not conscious. Introspection empowers us to make purposeful adjustments and recreate ourselves with understanding and love. Yesterday, we created a space where we could deliberately choose happiness. So today, we ask if we exercised that choice during our day. With openness and awareness, we also recap on previously posed questions, looking for connections or patterns in our being, acting, interacting, reacting, thinking, and feeling.

9 min3 w ago
Comments
Introspection Course 1 - Day 8 of 8
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