We hear the word authentic a lot these days. It’s right up there with mind/body, balance, spirituality and purpose.
Everywhere we turn we see many of these words, especially in the “self help” industry. The word authentic is truly being used all over. Be your authentic self. But what does that mean exactly? When you hear the word authentic or authenticity what do you think of? Do you roll your eyes now when you hear it? Are you confused as to what it means? And how do we find our authenticity anyway?
I was in Chicago recently for a weekend getaway with my daughter. Going from a small town to a big city is always exciting and overwhelming at the same time. As many differences as there can be between the two, there are also similarities. One is with people. I LOVE to people watch. Not to judge or criticize but to just observe. What I see so much of today is unhappiness. People are just trying to survive each day going through the motions. I don’t see true enjoyment much. What’s going on?
My personal perspective is the lack of authenticity. So many people today are just surviving but when we really know who we are and live authentically or in alignment with our truth, it’s hard to NOT be happy. When we are always being what the world wants us to be we are confused, depleted, unhappy or even angry in some cases.
I believe much of our journey is this life is discovering our truth and to live authentically. For me that means to honor my values, speak my truth and follow my bliss. To just be real. To be me. When I allow myself to be me I find I allow others to do the same.
I’m currently reading “The Fifth Agreement”, a fabulous continuation of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It speaks to finding deep acceptance of ourselves and others. Finding that acceptance allows us to live authentically without concern of living up to others expectations or pressure to be anyone other then ourselves.
Please share what authenticity means to you.