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It is easy to let others tell us who we are. Learning who we are for ourselves is harder. The journey to knowing yourself can be painful, spiritual, and deeply.

Increased self-awareness leads to increased emotional intelligence, which ultimately makes us more focused, adaptable humans.

Those who practice self-awareness are more well equipped to identify and deal with their emotions, making them strong leaders, dedicated partners, and confident thinkers.

Instead of being weighed down by the expectations or perceptions of others, pivoting your focus to your own expectations for yourself can dramatically improve your quality of life.

Losing touch with our core values and needs can make us feel lonely or misunderstood.

Without a clear understanding of who we are, it’s easy to let others tell us who we are and spend our lives living up to their standards instead of our own.

Feeling like we don’t know ourselves or that others don’t know the “real us” can lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

Whether you want to excel at your job, build stronger relationships between friends and partners, or feel more at peace with yourself, heightened self-awareness can set you on the track to feeling more fulfilled.

We spend more time with ourselves than anyone else. By developing a refined sense of self first, we develop the emotional and mental fortitude to deeply understand the people around us, our society, our work, and our world.

Spirituality and Health, defines spirituality as "the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred."

Spirituality comes in many forms but derives from the need to think about the world existentially. Questions like, “Am I a good person?” and “What is my purpose?” are what lead us to spirituality as we search the world for meaning and connectedness.

When we get in touch with our spirituality, we often find that other aspects of our wellbeing come into sharper focus; love, compassion, and happiness, among others.

Spirituality can allow us to answer questions about ourselves that deepen our knowledge of and connection to the world around us.

There’s no one way to express spirituality. Many find connection through meditation, prayer, study, and self-exploration.

In this way, spirituality and self-awareness go hand-in-hand; to practice one is to enhance the other.

A greater understanding of self improves our understanding of our place in the universe. When we know our place in the universe, we feel a greater confidence in our sense of self.

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