Updated: Jan 28
I define authenticity as the intersection between who you are and how you show up. Essentially, it is what get's left behind when the mind frees itself from fear and self-judgement and it enters into a place of inner peace and acceptance of everything that makes up one's self construct.
What to do to be more authentic every day:
Pay attention to what brings you joy. Write in your journal or create a mind map of things that set your soul on fire or make you smile.
Pay attention to what doesn't bring you joy or depletes you/makes you feel off-balance. Choose to change, let go or limit these things. That nagging gut feeling is there for a reason.
Set clear intentions about what you want to feel and who you want to be. This can help you change a career, relationship, way of thinking, or lifestyle in beneficial ways.
Take responsibility. You are the only person who can find your authentic truth and create the life you love.
Accept yourself as you are. The more you come to terms with who you really are at your core, the less energy you waste on worrying and negative thoughts.
Express yourself. Try not to fear what other people think of your views and opinions. The right people will stick around in your life regardless of whether or not they agree with what you have to say.
Learn from others around you - but don't get caught up trying to live someone else's dreams or compare yourself. Take a break from social media and/or mute certain people if they make you feel bad about yourself.
Practice authentic living. If you feel your true self is not in alignment with the life you are living, then make some tweaks.
Speak the truth when it's necessary. Sometimes, in order to be authentic, you simply do not need to say anything at all to prove a point. Be real, compassionate, humble and honest when the occasion calls for it. Let authenticity beam from you like rays of sunlight.
Don't over think it. It should be natural, free-flowing. Don't force it. Just be. Listen gently to the whisperings of your heart. Learn how to discern the difference between truth (gut instinct, subconscious voice, moral compass) and ego (thought, anxiety, fear, overwhelming feelings). Be mindful of love all around you. Feel that love and roll with it. You'll be surprised where you can end up.