Know Thyself: 70+ Meditative Questions (for modern-day self-inquiry)

In a world full of noise, it can be hard to hear our own voices. And in a world full of on-demand distractions, it’s too easy to avoid listening altogether, and never truly being with ourselves. So I’d like to create a little space for that.

Today I want to share with you over 70 questions worth asking yourself and pondering on for a moment. Some may lead to affirmation, some to confusion, even frustration; but all will lead you to a deeper insight into yourself and your relation to the world.

We used these questions during the Intropreneurship course I co-designed and co-facilitated in spring 2017, giving them to the students during and in between the sessions. They found a lot of value in it and said it helped them get to know themselves on a deeper level. I also answered the questions in my own notebook at times and (re-)discovered a few inclinations of my own.

So I figured, if it works for us, it may work for you too.

All the credits for curating this list of powerful questions go to my Intropreneurship partner in crime and valued mentor Sandra Reeb-Gruber. She carefully handpicked and collected them in her notebooks over years of reading for us to benefit from.

Throughout the many chapters, friends and adventures of life, there is only one person you will always come back to, so you might as well make an effort to get to know them.

Whenever you’re ready; grab a sheet of paper, a beautiful notebook or open up a new doc, and start by answering one question that speaks to you in this moment. I admit these 70+ are a bit of an overkill, so just pick a handful at a time and see how it works for you. With this list, you honestly have no excuse not to try.

Happy inquiry & soul searching 🙂

70+ Meditative Questions (for modern-day self-inquiry)

  1. What is making you passionate about your life and the world?
  2. What bothers you (in the world)?
  3. How would you like to shape this world?
  4. What is your favorite place in the world? Why?
  5. How do you feel when you are there?
  6. What do you love to do?
  7. What main activities keep you busy?
  8. When (if) do you experience flow?
  9. Which things give you energy?
  10. Which things inhibit you? What is holding you back?
  11. Which 3 thoughts made you smile today?
  12. Which 5 things are you most grateful for?
  13. How do people see you differently than you see yourself?
  14. What are the 3 characteristics you hope others see in you?
  15. Who has qualities you aspire to develop? Who inspires you?
  16. Whats the one thing you can’t live without? Why?
  17. What are your core values?
  18. Are you being true to your values?
  19. Who or what has helped you on your path?
  20. Who or what can help you on your path ahead?
  21. Which things do you think you need luck for?
  22. How could you achieve them without luck?
  23. What are 3 things that are always on your to-do list?
  24. What nice thing did you do for someone else in the past 24 hours?
  25. Who do you want/need in your peer group?
  26. What is your most precious possession? Why?
  27. Who in your life do you trust the most?
  28. What is your addiction?
  29. What is your biggest fuck-up?
  30. What makes you sad?
  31. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
  32. What are the things you want to be? Why?
  33. Whats stopping you from doing the things you should be doing?
  34. Which things do you have room for in your life?
  35. What things do you need to make room for in your life?
  36. What has been important to you so far in life?
  37. How do you currently contribute?
  38. How would you like to contribute more?
  39. Which talents / superpowers can you use for this?
  40. What is your secret magic power?
  41. What impact does this power have on the world around you?
  42. What character are you playing in this world?
  43. What job would you be excited to share with other?
  44. What did you want to be when you were younger? How does what you do now relate to this?
  45. What did you love to do as a kid?
  46. Which 3 people have had a major influence on you?
  47. Which 2 events have had a major influence on you?
  48. What is your big idea?
  49. Why this big idea?
  50. What is difficult about your idea?
  51. What is your secret big dream?
  52. What makes you happy?
  53. What gives you courage?
  54. What gives you strength?
  55. What gives you joy?
  56. What are the 3 thoughts that you have a lot?
  57. What character trait do you have that pushes people away?
  58. How does this same trait help connect you to others?
  59. In what areas of your life are you settling?
  60. Which 3 things are you proud of?
  61. Which 2 compliments do you often get?
  62. Where do you go to recharge your batteries?
  63. When are you at your most productive?
  64. What’s your favorite book/movie? Why?
  65. Who motivates you most in life?
  66. What is inspiration to you?
  67. When do you feel inspired?
  68. How do you feel when you are inspired?
  69. In which areas of you life would you like to experience more inspiration, why?
  70. What things do you think it is too late for?
  71. What do you want to achieve? What can you do (1 step) to get closer?
  72. Name 4 situations where you persevered even when the odds were against you?
  73. What would you like to experience in your life (if time and money are not an issue)?
  74. What desire is behind your answer?
  75. How can you already integrate this in your life?
  76. What would you like to learn in life?
  77. What is most important to you at this moment?

And:
78. What question(s)0 would you like to add to this list?

With love,


Also published on Medium.

Posted by Nadia Piet

New Zealand-born, Amsterdam-bred terrestrial being, practicing the art of living in a digital age, and help others do the same. Passionate about shaping the future of work, education and life and helping people and organizations navigate the many challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Because I believe "the best way to predict the future is to create it”.