[styled_box box_bg_color=”#98df00″ box_text_color=”#de3899″]”Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” ~ Eckhart Tollev[/styled_box]
Living a life that doesn’t feel right, living with a secret or allowing yourself to follow someone else’s dream rather than you’re own can be harmful to your well-being. You may have things about you that you don’t like, that you want to hide or you may want to mask your pain by living in someone else’s shadow. Unfortunately, living in this way keeps you hidden from yourself and the world, it keeps you prisoner.
In order to set yourself free you must live an authentic life, meaning be true to who you are, as Eckhart Tollev states, only then will you be free.
For example, let’s say you’re working at a company that doesn’t value it’s employees and you feel there are some questionable ethics, but you stay, hoping it gets better. You’re miserable, but you really want to see if you can make it work because you don’t want to be thought of as a quitter. Meanwhile you become depressed, angry and alienate friends and family. You’re not taking care of yourself and you begin to become anxious and you’re snapping at people. You quit doing things you enjoy because you’re exhausted after a day of work. Does that feel good? Are you valuing yourself, are you free and living authentically?
Now imagine what it would feel like to leave that environment and start a job where you do feel valued and you can see the company values all employees or that there is a high degree of integrity and ethics. You begin to smile and laugh again, you reconnect with your friends and family, etc. .. . Which way would you want to live?
Can you image what it would feel like to be happy and to live authentically? What if you quit that high paying corporate job to pursue your passion of art or cooking? What if you asked that person out on a date you’ve been afraid to and they said yes? How would you feel if you left the relationship with the partner that is not emotionally available for you? If you woke up every day and you were happy in your life, your relationships, your self image, your career, etc. I promise you, you’d feel amazing!
Do you know who you are – really who you are at the core? What your purpose and vision are? To really live an authentic life you must first know yourself, accept yourself and be willing to be yourself! Love yourself for who you are.
Today I encourage you to be honest with yourself and truthfully answer the question, “Who am I?”.