‘Self’ means an insight into the psychological personality of a person. A superior thinking about our own self broadens our understanding of attitudes and morals between the actual and idyllic self. This will improve our perspective of analyzing our own self.
Development of self helps an individual to have a deep insight into their inner thoughts. This way he/she can also achieve self-realization. A person who grows with self realization knows how to perceive the world around them i.e. their thoughts will be clear on how to carry themselves in the world and stand apart. Moreover, self-development enables the person to carry all the ups and downs of life in a more reasonable manner.
Additionally, if a person will deal with their inner thoughts and actions rationally, they will always have a positive outlook towards life. An entity with an optimistic attitude toward life grows both mentally and spiritually. Thus, in attaining self-development, one should always concentrate on the development of the mind as well as of soul. It is essential because with more and clearer thoughts, a persons understanding level increases and they automatically inclines towards the state of self-realization.
There are several ways for attaining self-development. Out of which, meditation plays a crucial role in this discovery of one’s self-identity. It is a method, which contributes in the outcome of a dignified and blissful state of mind. This results from the techniques of self-knowledge and self-awareness. It helps us to bridge the gap between individualism and universality. It makes a person selfless and develops spiritually. It makes us think beyond our restricted self. However, before this there is a need to control this restricted self. Meditation serves three main purposes – self-regulation, self-liberation, and self-exploration.
Self-regulation – is a capacity to asses intentionally what we feel and how it affects the functions of our mind and body. Awareness of breath, meditation and relaxation are some of the ways by which this can be achieved. This helps in reducing pain, nervousness and stress levels of an individual. These techniques come to our aid especially during the situation when we are under constant worry. It deliberately makes us control this anxiety and helps us relax. For example, if we have indigestion problems while tackling stressful situations, then these techniques can be a way out of the problem.
Self-liberation – meditation can assist us in the attainment of elevated conscious self and recognition of spiritual truths of life. This also gives us support in discovering our own real self that lies hidden behind various personality layers that we have. These layers keep on adding with our own experience of life. It also develops our faculty of intuition by which we may wonder about certain psychological questions like from where we have come and what lies in store for us in life after death. Thus, it calls for meditating on our existence as an individual, in relation to society and beyond this world.