To paraphrase a few online dictionaries, ‘self-awareness’ means that you are conscious of your own independent existence, including your personality and your feelings. Seems simple enough at first glance. In fact, genuine self-awareness is so difficult that true insight into the nature of the self could be said to be the ultimate goal of spiritual practice. And to make matters worse, Buddhism argues that the self has no independent existence anyway. It’s all very confusing, but don’t blame Eastern mysticism. Socrates was famous for saying, “The only thing I know is that I don’t know.” To cut a long story short, radical self-doubt is the only valid starting point for a journey of self-awareness.
Part of a 7 part series on Self-Awareness