Living an authentic life means not being afraid to be your true self. Authentic people embrace and respect what exists and make no excuses for not riding on the bandwagon. An intention to be authentic may be enough to get you started, and being brave enough to uncover what that looks like for your life is a noble stride toward making peace with your life’s path. To be authentic means that you don’t look to others to assess experiences, make a choice or feel an emotion. You let it flow and accept what naturally spills from your heart as true. Being a keen observer of your authenticity will make you understand your journey and yourself.
Being authentic in a relationship is possible when you are being true to yourself. Hiding what you feel will hinder others from loving you for who you are. If you are consistently you, others can consistently love who you truly are. What a lovely thought, and what a lovely experience. Imagine spending your day being absolutely true to who you are and being sincerely loved for it…..
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
Accepting yourself as exactly who you are is empowering and freeing! Start with forgiving yourself for your past. Everything that has happened up until now made you the person you are today. Without each day of that existence you could not be the person you are now. Express gratitude for every lesson those past versions of yourself have endured and realize that you are smarter and more schooled than all of the past versions of yourself. When you go easy on prior versions of yourself and allow the present version of you to benefit from the past, those fundamental life lessons begin to serve your life education instead of break your stride. Let the past contribute to a breakthrough, not a breakdown.
A quiet, uninterrupted mind will reveal simple truths about yourself. What do you think about when you wake up in the morning? Before the world and technology shifts your thoughts and invades your head space, what and who comes to mind?
Do you know how to be yourself? Can you experience it? What if the YOU in your quiet moments could be the YOU that moves around in the world? Would that make you happy? Would that bring you peace? I often wonder how much of a mask people hide behind and how much they let themselves just be. Varying degrees of authenticity depending on the setting, people around you and your comfort level in a situation is such hard work. Are you constantly playing a role or are you living authentically? Can you stay connected to your vital relationships genuinely or do you feel like there are rules to follow and guidelines to adhere to? Why do we over complicate things? What if we could just simply be….
“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” – Steve Maraboli
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