Discovery Kit Inspiration...Yours Free!

Here's the Inspiration Page from SFTIO's DISCOVERY kit! What do you still want to discover about yourself? You know it's never too late...and if you'd like to grab this kit to explore your inner journey or the outer ones you took this summer, you can get yours here.

Join us after midnight for the launch of our beautiful September 2010 kit...ENLIGHTENMENT.

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Journaling Prompts

Don’t Tell Me: What do you shy away from knowing to protect yourself? Are there difficult truths which you avoid in order to keep feeling good, or to avoid feeling bad? Are these truths about you and who you really are, or about the roles that others play in your life? Are there stories in your family that are kept secret which you choose not to pursue? What do you hide about yourself from others, and why?

Great Discoveries: Science, art, and literature illuminate the human condition by shining a light on small segments of life that were previously misunderstood, or connect the dots and create synergy. How have scientific discoveries impacted your story? Has medicine played a role in your well being, or in that of a loved one? Has a piece of art or a work of literature fundamentally shifted your understanding of yourself? Is there an artistic genre that speaks to you and your path in particular?

Photos Matter: What do you discover about yourself by looking at photos of yourself at different life stages? Does your expression, your clothing, the background, tell a story about you that has changed over time? Could you feel yourself changing and growing, or is it only evident looking backwards? Have you ever discovered photos of those in your life and found out details that were unknown to you beforehand? How did you feel about what you learned? Do you see similarities or differences in photos of you and your mother or grandmother that link or divide you?

Aha Moment: Have you had a moment of accidental or unexpected clarity and understanding? In what realm of your life did this special moment occur? Was the feeling of knowing or understanding something new a slow dawning, or a bolt out of the blue? Sometimes ‘aha’ moments can be transient – were you able to hold on to yours and use the new information to change your life in a meaningful way? If you haven’t experienced an ‘aha’ moment yet, what knowledge would you like to have magically granted so you could move and grow in new directions?

Baggage: We all carry some? What baggage do you carry with you on this life journey? Is it trouble from your childhood, memory of a great loss, or a misguided belief about yourself? Are you ashamed of your baggage, do you accept it, or do you even wear it as a badge of honor? Do others see the baggage you carry clearly, or do you try to hide it? How do you negotiate the relative weight of your baggage when it comes to that of your spouse, significant other or a family member or friend?

Physical Place: Where have you actually journeyed and how have your travels changed you? Are there places you long to go? What has stopped you from getting there so far – money, time, anxiety? Have you ever dreamt of going somewhere and then been let down when you actually experienced the place you had fantasized about? Is travel for you fun and adventurous, or scary? What have the places you’ve visited helped you discover about yourself, or about your traveling companions?

End of the Road: What is your image of success, the outcome and destination of your efforts? What do you wish to accomplish in the different realms of your life – personal, professional, physical, mental or spiritual? How will you know when you’ve reached your destination? Have you striven to accomplish a goal and found out when you reached it that your goal had actually moved? How much pressure do you feel to ‘accomplish’ rather than be in the moment and in the process? Does the end always justify the means? Do you value the journey, or only the destination?


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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. Arthur Koestler

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. Paul Valery

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar. Donald Foster

If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run - and often in the short one - the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative. Arthur C. Clarke

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. William James

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know. Joanna Field

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge. Arnold Palmer

He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

Men of strong minds and who think for themselves, should not be discouraged on finding occasionally that some of their best ideas have been anticipated by former writers; they will neither anathematize others nor despair themselves. They will rather go on discovering things before discovered, until they are rewarded with a land hitherto unknown, an empire indisputably their own, both right of conquest and of discovery. C. C. Colton

Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link, into the great chain of order. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason. Albert Pike

Every great discovery I ever made, I gambled that the truth was there, and then I acted in faith until I could prove its existence. Arthur H. Compton

In short, we cannot grow, we cannot achieve authentic discovery, and our eyes cannot be cleansed to the truly beautiful possibilities of life, if we simply live a neutral existence. Armstrong Williams

It is a process of discovery. It's being quiet enough and undisturbed enough for a period of time so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out, and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way. James Taylor

It is like a voyage of discovery into unknown lands, seeking not for new territory but for new knowledge. It should appEal to those with a good sense of adventure. Frederick Sanger

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. Alexander Smith

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. Arthur Schopenhauer

To see the world for a moment as something rich and strange is the private reward of many a discovery. Edward M. Purcell

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous...Thomas Merton

Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do. Lyn Yutang

We discover in others what others hide from us, and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves. Marquis de Vauvenargues

The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..." Isaac Asimov

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. Francis Bacon

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. Alexander Graham Bell

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Henry Bergson

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown. Claude Bernard

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars. Les Brown

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. The Buddha

Learn to see, and then you'll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision. Carlos Castaneda

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. James B. Conant

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. Agnes de Mille

I have discovered that the unasked-for accident can be the salvation of what you are doing. Stephen De Staebler

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. Dogen

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein

A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory. Albert Einstein

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. Thomas Szasz

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. Alan Alda

Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be. Robert Brault

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. Dr. Alexis Carrel

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart. Julien Green

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anaïs Nin

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose. Richard Grant

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. James Thurber

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of. Michel de Montaigne

One's own self is well hidden from one's own self; of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Joseph Campbell

When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. Henry David Thoreau

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Learning is the discovery that something is possible. Fritz Perls

I do not seek. I find. Pablo Picasso

People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. Blaise Pascal


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