Always Live Authentically!
What does being authentic mean?
How do I know if the life I’m leading is authentic?
Am I happy with the person I’ve become?
Is authenticity overrated?
It’s easy to forget how to be authentic when we play many different roles throughout the day. We’re parents, children, friends, employees, teachers, lovers, members of society. But how do we stay true to ourselves when life gets messy, overwhelming or stressful?
By taking small steps and doing little things that make us feel great. Sounds simple, right?
Let's first define authenticity: true to one's own personality, spirit, or character; sincere and authentic with no pretensions.
Authenticity is not just about just sharing your feelings or being 'heartfelt', it's also about coming from a place where you realize that you matter and that you can make a difference. It's about living from a place where you realize that your words, your voice, your gifts, your desires, your purpose, and your heart are real and tangible! This is because the first step to being able to truly share who you are — is to know WHO YOU ARE!
I believe that the Universe is mold-able and that our thoughts, our actions, our feelings and our physical imprints can change our reality. To do that, you must first KNOW AND HONOR WHAT and WHO YOU ARE. You can't be 100% authentic if you are subverting your power. Really know in your heart and spend time realizing the truth that you matter. Your dreams matter. Your ideas have value. You are God's love.
Living More Authentically requires declaration! So many times I hear people declaring that they're not capable, they're not able, and they're no longer who they thought they were. Declare that you are; that you are the vessel of the Divine God. Declare that and live with your heart fully open to God as the source and living authentically will become natural!
Try the following steps to start living more authentically:
1. Enjoy the Little Things: I know – this is a cliché, but I just can’t deny this simple truth. Rejoice in the first rays of sunshine in a hazy morning. Feel their warmth on your skin. Smell that first cup of coffee and exhale with a sigh of blissful pleasure as you take that first sip. Hug your pet. Kiss your loved one. Have fresh flowers on your table. Listen to the ocean. Watch the sunset. Let the wind blow through your hair in the spring. Walk on crispy leaves in the fall. Make snow angels in the winter. You know, the little things. Every day, I make conscious efforts to appreciate and remember the special moments and people in my life.
2. Don’t Wait for Other People’s Approval: We all want to be accepted, loved and appreciated. So we often try to tone down who we really are to be acceptable to others and our surroundings. I’m a highly sensitive introvert, passionate business owner, raw, honest and intense writer, extremely curious adventurous and bull headed. I get overly excited about things, I’m also a good listener, a loyal friend, and still learning to love life and myself more and more every single day. And you should love YOU, too. With all your quirkiness, talents, words, desires, dreams, body types, good days, bad days, mistakes, failures and life experiences. These things make life authentic. Stop trying to fit in someone elses box, you won’t fit in a box. Be Authentically you!
3. Balance Your Emotions and Your Reasoning: One of the best lessons I've learned is that children respond to situations with their emotions. Adults use their reasoning. But the key to a happy, balanced, authentic life lies in the balance between the two. Whenever you’re in an intense, emotional or stressful situation and want to react with your feelings, stop and ask yourself: am I reacting as a child or as an adult? Your answer will show you how to handle things further. This simple exercise helps me manage my emotions and face every situation in a calm, composed manner. And it’s effective because it switches your mind from overly-excited to being in control.
4. Don’t Judge or Punish Yourself for Your Mistakes: Very often we think it’s totally ok to judge ourselves for a mistake we’ve made either now or in the past. But what’s the use? Instead of beating yourself up, see if you can learn something from your failures. What helps me is writing down what each mistake is trying to teach me and the ways that I can avoid repeating it in the future.
Living a meaningful, authentic life starts with making a commitment to finding out who you really are. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Make the commitment to remember who you are, you'll find yourself living your dreams and blessing everyone around you.
How do you Live Authentically?