Living authentically

Authenticity 2

My path of growth, awareness and spiritual development is an on-going process. It is not making a list of goals and ticking them off like a ‘bucket list’ once accomplished. NO. It is a forever project, open-ended, ever-changing, making detours, pausing to take stock and to re-evaluate beliefs and strategies, recognising set-backs and achievements.

I’ve just had my 62nd birthday. Currently I’m struggling with decisions made and future decisions looming. I know. I know. Live in the ‘now’, for that’s all we really have. I get that. And because I ‘get that’, I’m going to focus on living authentically – from living authentically I am absolutely positive that I’ll find inner peace with the person I am and the way I live my life. Everything will fall into place. I will be totally on my path, therefore I’ll go where I need to go.

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In theory living authentically sounds easy: knowing yourself and making decisions accordingly; be yourself (all the time); accept the person you are; be your own master and don’t follow the crowd; don’t suppress your inner voice; let honesty be a part of everything you do. A deep inner authenticity that is individually yours.

But in the reality of everyday life and all the issues (big and small) that we’re faced with, it can take immense courage and faith to live authentically all the time.

Living authentically means you are going to ‘rock the boat’, and it means tension or conflict might be created around you when people judge you. And they will judge you. It will undoubtedly mean letting go of some people in your life. Not everybody will continue to like you when you live authentically.

Some people (family, friends, associates) will feel uncomfortable about the real you when you are the real you every minute of every day. Some people will consider you weird, or ‘up-yourself’, or too different to be bothered with. Whatever unaware people fear, they will shun. If they fear your new ways, they are likely to shun you. Most people are afraid of this. Don’t be. If people are not meant to continue to be in your life, let them go (with love).

Everyone has his/her own journey for their own reasons, and living authentically also means accepting that without judgement. If people slip from your life, then that’s the way it’s meant to be.

Believe in yourself. Find your voice. Become comfortable in your own skin. Trust the Universe to take you where you need to go.

Be who you truly are, no matter what they think.

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