How To Live Authentically… Make It A Must!

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Have you ever felt like you must do something… and then you don’t?

Something gets in the way or you lose your courage.

In today’s world, the pressure to conform and fit into predefined roles can lead us away from our true selves.

I understand the intricacies of this journey and I’ve walked this path.

My expertise lies in helping you follow the urgings of your soul.

You desire to live authentically, free from the constraints of pretense and social pressures.

Prepare for a transformative experience that leads to a life of authenticity and self-acceptance.

How to live authentically

Don’t ignore what’s in you waiting to come out! If you want an authentic life and feel you must do any of the following… don’t stuff it down!

Living authentically means you must follow what the soul is asking you to do.

And you must connect with the soul to know the language of your own soul.

  • If you must teach something, you’ll find those you’re meant to teach. 
  • If you must express yourself, find a way to do so that is satisfying and fulfilling.
  • If you must say what is burning inside you, find new forms of expression, and ways to say what you have to say that are unique to you.
  • If you must heal yourself, take the time and space to heal. This isn’t a luxury, this is a necessity for the soul’s evolution.
  • If you must lead others, find those you’re meant to lead and lend them your hand.
  • If you must beautify your surroundings, find the place you’re meant to make beautiful.
  • If you must heal others, find those you’re meant to heal and follow through, even when it seems like it’s not making a difference.
  • If you must travel, then off you go. 
  • You must love yourself along the way and ask the right self love questions.

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Let your soul be a guide and cheerleader

There’s nothing more authentically you than who you are in the soul.

Let the soul be your guide… because it holds the blueprint for your life.

Think of it as one of your most important relationships and true identity.

After decades of a very real conversation with my soul, and wondering how it’s viewing my life so far, I’m grateful to have a cheerleader.

Because your soul patiently wants you to fulfill your deeper needs and have inner peace.

This is a must do for the soul.

Furthermore, the soul is asking you to heal your life and grow in self-confidence so that you’ll move deeper into the world.

Authentic Self Meaning

Being authentic is who you are when you’re being completely self-honest.

An authentic life is who you are at your core and includes your weaknesses, dreams, secrets, what you hide from others, and your deepest truths.

Do it your way

After much soul-searching, I realized, I didn’t have to be amazing at everything I did.

Not that this is right for you. 

Maybe you’re someone who is meant to be the best. Or, your soul is longing to be the best. 

But, whatever it is, do it your way, that is being a soulful person.

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You do not have to be good!

Because you do not have to be good at something when you start!

Mary Oliver’s first line in Wild Geese, You do not have to be good, is a salve for the soul. 

A tonic for the authentic self or true self.

And a mantra for an authentic life.

“You do not have to be good.”

Because there are things you’ll feel compelled toward and you won’t be good at it, at first.

Possibly, there will be a long period of being not good.

In life, you have to start somewhere. 

That’s one definition of authentic… start somewhere and do it your way.

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Don’t ignore your true self

In Elton John’s, This Song Has No Title, he sings…

“Look in the mirror and stare at myself.

And wonder if that’s really me on the shelf.”

Because an important part of yourself is being ignored.

Unfortunately, some good parts of you get left out when you’re not living an authentic life. These juicy parts of you want to be noticed!

Your sense of purpose must be valued.

Personal growth and self knowledge has to be at the center!

And when it’s not you’re probably wondering…

What is going on with me that I’m allowing this? Why am I leaving part of myself on a shelf?

For me…

My poet self… on a shelf.

Sadness… at the back of the shelf.

My feminine self… roaming in the woods.

Helping humanity… a shelf in the other room. 

Who I was at my core… I didn’t know what that was.

The leader in me… she was kind of there, but not in the way she wanted to be

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Why do we ignore our authentic selves?

There are a few reasons.

Possibly, we don’t think we’re good enough and we’re lacking in self-love.

Or, we don’t believe we can, or will, or that the world has any openings at the moment

And even though we’re good at something, we think that tens of thousands of other people are good as well. So, we lose confidence.

Low self-confidence is the enemy of the authentic self

Lack of confidence kills the soul because it tells us that we cannot do the very thing we feel we must do.

Add to that thinking: 

The universe doesn’t care what you do.

You don’t have what it takes.

No one can have it all.

Other people are doing it better.

Here’s the thing, when you ignore key, deep parts of yourself, your soul becomes in a word, restless.

Soul vibes connect us to the deeper aspects of ourselves.

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Self-compassion is key

Years ago when my husband passed away I listened to David Whyte’s Poems of Self-compassion every day. 

In it, he speaks of a conversation with the soul…

The soul doesn’t seem to make the distinction between the light and the dark. It chooses both. It doesn’t care whether you do something successfully or fail at it. It just wants to know, did you do it your way? Was it you who failed? Or were you trying to be someone else when you failed? If it was you, the soul’s happy. That was your experience. Your failure.  No one can take it away from you.” ~ David Whyte

These words ignited me. No longer would I ignore any part of myself.  No way

As you live soulfully, this comes more naturally.

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Other meanings of authenticity

Authenticity is self-honesty. Being honest about the self and what you need in your life, who you are, these kinds of things.

At work, it’s common these days to hear employers encouraging workers to show their true selves in their roles. And in our personal lives, we hear how important it is to show up, be real, and be true to our authentic selves.

Name and embrace your strengths

Tony Robbins has an exercise he recommends where you identify three strengths that you possess. They can be gifts, talents, or traits that you are proud of. Then keep them top of mind, so that you lean on these strengths.

This exercise does a lot to boost your confidence and helps you stay positive in life. Embrace what you’ve got within you. You’re given the gifts you have for a reason, and that is so that you’ll use them.

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Practice journaling

Journaling is great for getting to know yourself better because you can be self-honest. It’s common to do what’s called automatic writing. Just let the words spill onto the page, without overthinking it.

This helps you discover more authenticity within you.

Let it be a mind dump.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron gives great suggestions for how to do this. It allows you to explore your unique personality and do something reflective and creative. The daily practice of self-reflection helps improve your confidence and self-esteem.

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Find the resources to do what you dream of

When living authentically, look at how you can achieve something you desire, even when resources are low or non-existent.

For example, how can you divide this dream into smaller achievable objectives and accomplish it in an easier way with fewer resources?

Or, let’s say you want to write a book, but after working full time and running your personal and family life, you’re exhausted. You can choose an hour a week.

Just carve out an hour a week where you will focus your attention on this new, fun writing project. This also helps you discover your authentic self.

It may seem like not enough time… you don’t need to pen the next American novel. You just need to write something that is authentic.

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Final thoughts

Human beings love to belong and we love authenticity, so this can create a deep inner conflict!

But, the soul is always there, urging you onto your path, your truth.

Living authentically is the only way to true happiness.

Having a soul-centered life helps be true to yourself.

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