What is Reflectiveness?

Merriam-Webster Online:

Reflective: marked by reflection: thoughtful, deliberate

Thoughtful: absorbed in thought

Meditative: characterized by careful reasoned thinking

Reflective: Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection

Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful

Quotes about Reflectiveness

“We are what we think. With our thoughts we make the world. All that we are will rise with our thoughts.” --Sogyal Rinpoche

“A man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of all his years.” --Isaac Taylor

“There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.” –Sogyal Rinpoche

“Tyndall declared that he saw in Matter the promise and potency of all forms of life, and with his Irish graphic lucidity made a picture of a world of magnetic atoms, each atom with a positive and negative pole, arranging itself by attraction and repulsion in orderly crystalline structure. Such a picture is dangerously fascinating to thinkers oppressed by the bloody disorders of the living world. Craving for purer subjects of thought, they find in the contemplation of crystals and magnets a happiness more dramatic and less childish than the happiness found by mathematicians in abstract numbers, because they see in the crystals beauty and movement without the corrupting appetites of fleshly vitality.” –George Bernard Shaw

“Zen-sitting is the way of perfect tranquility: inwardly not a shadow of perception, outwardly not a shade of difference between phenomena. Identified with yourself, you no longer think, nor do you seek enlightenment of the mind or disburdenment of illusions. You are a flying bird with no mind to twitter, a mountain unconscious of the others rising around it. - Meiho (1277–1350)

Questions about Reflectiveness

In what ways do you reflect about your life and others? How does reflective practice in your life impact choices you make professionally and personally? How can daily reflection guide your character development? How do you feel after you reflect about things that matter to you? In what ways can you put reflective thoughts into action?