Sitting in the seat of observation within yourself takes courage because it’s there where you can see a mirror shining back at you to see your own actions, missteps, and mistakes. This is a spiritual process.
Within many organized religions there is a dedicated day on the calendar that is reserved for atonement, making amends, and asking for forgiveness. In the sobriety and recovery worlds, this is Steps Eight and Nine. The symbolism connected to this process, whether for recovery or within your religious beliefs, is to inspire individuals to live a better life.
But we don’t need to wait for a particular day on the calendar. We don’t have to do Steps 1-7 before we take inventory of our life. We can sit in the seat of observation within ourselves at any time. The most important part of this process is to pull away from looking towards the outside world for acceptance and confirmation of our worth and instead look within yourself towards spirit. Take inventory of what is filling your social media feed on a daily basis. Are the images that appear in front of you making you feel good about yourself? Or are you looking at them and comparing your thighs to someone else’s, their organized, clean house to your living quarters, or their image of perfection to the ideas in your head of who you should be?
You are perfect, just as you are. Let go of the external energy that is not serving you to be your best self. And focus on the internal energy that is abundant within you. You are exactly where you are supposed to be!
I encourage you to take a moment today, regardless of your faith or sobriety, to sit in the seat of observation within yourself and look into the mirror shining back at you. Offer forgiveness and let go of that energy that is not serving you to be your best self.