Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives. ~ Brene Brown
What does it mean to be honest with yourself? Do you know what is truly in your heart? How do you discover your authentic truth and express it in the world?
Some of life’s chaos, struggle and pain come from not being honest with yourself. When you feel duty-bound to please others, your core values and genuine needs will be suppressed in order to follow others’ requirements of you. When your truth is held back long enough, you can lose touch with it. That’s when expression of what really matters to you can be difficult if not impossible.
Buried under the rubble of these untruths is your true essence and authentic self that needs to see the light of day.
Because being compassionately honest with yourself, then with others, is your ticket to freedom. It’s your ‘get out of jail’ card from suppression of who you truly are. When you act as you feel, you live life with integrity and you free up space within you so you can embrace the limitless possibility life can offer. As the opening quote suggests – it is the path to grace, joy and gratitude
The whole business of becoming conscious is about bringing light into that which is in the dark: Bringing our unconscious emotions, thoughts and beliefs into the light of consciousness and releasing them. Breathwork is a powerful tool designed to bring perspective to the process! The intelligence of your breath will free deeper, blocked feelings and find its way to your true essence. It is that powerful!
Take some dedicated time in silence to ask yourself some vital questions that will help you get to the voice of your authenticity. With each answer, journal what comes to mind. Write freely without editing:
As you go through your day, invite your most sincere and honest voice to communicate clearly with you. Always ask why you are behaving a certain way. Being mindful and aware of the small inner voice helps bring clarity to your true responses and inner communication.
At your core, you are pure love. Learning to forgive yourself opens the possibility to step away from victimhood or feelings of helplessness. Accept that hiding from what is true, whether it is positive or negative will only create more inner separation and generate another layer of lies to cover up what you see as unpleasant about you.
When you know the workings of your own motives and behaviours, you can grow to love yourself in all situations and reclaim lost parts of you. In that wholeness, you are far more capable and empowered to speak your truth with the same kindness and compassion for others that you have learned to give yourself.
Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret. ~ Shannon L. Alder
Our next post will look at how to Speak Your Truth