The reflection of the moon was magical. It was almost too bright to look at, in the sky, but in the water, I could see it clearly. The water provided a natural mirror where I could admire the moon in all its beauty—including the dark spots.

We are always eager to look at our image in the mirror. We do it to contemplate our body or to look for physical flaws to obsess over. The problem is that few people look at themselves in the mirror to understand who they truly are.

The mirror is perceived as a vanity object, but the abstract concept goes way deeper. We live in a society where being busy is a badge of honor—many people want to stay busy because they are afraid to spend time with themselves. For this reason, they get stuck in jobs they don’t like and wrong relationships.

There is another mirror that is waiting for us—and it’s not the one we have at home in the bathroom. In Eastern philosophies, this object is connected to our spiritual nature. When we start to spend quality time with ourselves without distractions (walking, meditating, observing our surroundings), we are forced to look at our own existence—we discover our true self.

When we read about the life of famous and accomplished people, we often find moments of crisis and darkness before the happy outcome. These moments force us to look in the mirror, but you don’t have to wait for a crisis to get to know yourself. Many times the issues that explode during dark times are taking shape under the water, in the unconscious—like an iceberg. Sometimes we can’t avoid crisis because they depend on external factors, but getting to know ourselves can help us navigate them and choose the best reactions.

The mirror provides a new way to look at ourselves, and it helps us see and accept the darkness inside us. The moon is pretty even with its dark spots—and so are we. We shouldn’t be afraid to stop the busy life and contemplate the human nature because this is the only way we can find the deep connection with the Universe. Once we feel that, we get closer to our true passions and we start to wonder how we can serve a bigger purpose in life.

We feel the need to help others, and that’s the beginning of the search to find our calling—if you never stop you will never find it.