In his autobiographical work, Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo wrote: "People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering". In Psychology and Alchemy, Carl Jung wrote: "People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.". In the Masnavi, the Sufi mystic Rumi wrote: "We rarely hear the inward music, but we're all dancing to it nevertheless".

Confessions was completed in the year 398, The Masnavi was penned between 1258 and 1273, Psychology and Alchemy was published in 1944. What were these remarkable men, separated by centuries, talking about? Self-reflection is our capacity for introspection; our willingness to learn about our own nature, purpose and essence. But, in the modern world, we are led to believe that we "accomplish something" only when we are doing something. Understanding our own nature is not considered an accomplishment, rather, we tend to measure success through wealth, social status and honors. Many of us are unaware that we have a soul. We fail to understand what truly drives us. Without self-reflection, we live meager lives.

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