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 never truly be with ourselves. So let’s 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.

These questions are taken from the Intropreneurship course I co-designed and co-facilitated in spring 2017. We gave them to the students – sometimes during, but mostly in between the sessions. The feedback was really positive and they said it helped them get to know themselves on another level. I tried answering the questions in my own notebook along with the students and realized a few things about myself I had seemingly forgotten about.

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

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 into her notebooks over years of reading for us to benefit from.

Throughout the many chapters, friends and adventures of life, there is only 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 or a beautiful notebook and start by answering one question that speaks to you in this moment. These 70+ are quite an overkill, so just pick a handful at a time and see how it works for you. With this list, you have no excuse not to try.

Happy inquiry & soul searching 🙂

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

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

And finally,
78. What question would you like to add to this list?

With love,

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”.