Thursday, January 21, 2010 - Some Meta-Reflection

posted Jan 21, 2010, 7:17 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 7:38 PM ]
Obviously, I've been thinking a lot about reflection lately.  One of the central goals of this site is to help me incorporate reflection into my life, to help me become a true "reflective practitioner."

As part of that process I've been thinking about how I engage in reflection, and the essence of reflection in general.

In terms of the essence of reflection, I think I should put up some sort of rational for why reflection is important, and what it means to me to try and become a reflective practitioner.  That would be valuable in two ways.  First, it would help me begin clarifying my hopes for the process.  Second, it would help me engage in discussion with others about reflection and it's importance.  Society in general doesn't place a high value on reflection, and to most people the idea of reflective practice is largely meaningless.

Hence, laying out some statement about the importance of reflection, and why I want to incorporate it in my life, would be valuable both for my internal understanding and my ability to engage with others.  I'll have to think about the best way to craft such a statement.

I've also been reflecting on my own reflective process.  I noticed that a lot of my reflection looks at the past.  People I've known, places I've lived, life experiences that have led me to where I am.

I enjoy all of those reflections, and I think they have tremendous value, but I also want to make sure I'm making time and space to reflect both on what's happening now and what might happen in the future.

I'm not completely neglecting the present and future.  I post thoughts in the Notes from My Life section of the site, and I do morning pages (a sort of journal) in a notebook everyday.  I also do posts like this.

But I wonder where the balance of reflecting on the past, present and future lays.  All three are closely intertwined, but it could be easy to miss that connection if I get too focused any one of them.  

My guess is that there is no "perfect" balance, and that a really meaningful approach to reflection spans the entire spectrum, depending on the needs and influences of the moment.  It's definitely something to think about as I go through the process.