If we ponder over the things we do every day and think about ourselves and our activities, the primordial question of unfound identity, 'Who am I?' darts out of everything and makes us gulp everything in silence and accept the way we live. But as a young learner, I urge everyone to live a life of introspection and spiritually awaken oneself.

Introspection is to be conscious of our own feelings and thoughts. It is a significant tool for self-awareness, helping us gather ourselves from our scattered thoughts, tedious schedule and the world of illusion outside.

From the psychological point of view, when we introspect, we learn about our state of being and what lies within, in other words, we become closer to our soul. Psychology is heavily related to introspection. It includes perception, memory and consciousness about the world and its impulses.

It not only helps us deal with our feelings but also tells us a lot about our way of interpreting the social, political, economic and emotional aspects that we are aware of. Psychotherapy includes it to help patients evaluate themselves in a detailed manner.

Also research shows that introspection helps us pour out feelings through art, a vessel to channel our captive thoughts, our experiences and melancholies in life. Through the medium of colours, words, doodles and photos, we realise what we are passionate about.

It frees us from the busy world and helps us feel content with ourselves.

Philosophers and writers say one must live a life beyond the humdrum of the city.

We need to borrow time for a life that is our own, and during that time we can learn to heal and mentally nourish ourselves.

Solitude is a crucial way of giving time to our stuffed emotions and ideas.

I have come to understand that introspection and solitude are somehow interrelated to each other. Both are about the concept of the self, and both need an individual to stand out from the society for oneself. To do that, activities of our life that are neglected need to be revived.

Strolling in the garden or in the community, writing when we feel remorseful, capturing photos of things we like, watering plants and being in touch with nature help us become more alive.

In conclusion, introspection helps us peel ourselves from the mirrored world.

It helps us listen to the thud of our own heartbeat and transfers us to a city beyond the concrete development, to nature and its benign giving. It helps us understand that we are standing in a world while still having a grasp of ourselves to learn and change ourselves.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 02, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.