Being authentic. What does it mean?
Well, to me, living in authenticity means to live in truth. Webster dictionary defines the word as being real or genuine; not copied or false; true and accurate; made to be or look just like an original.
I believe that if we could all be our true, authentic selves our lives would become a lot more fluid and easy to live. This can be difficult. There are times we are scared to say what's on our mind, ashamed to speak our truth or intimated by circumstances that come our way. I know, I've been there as we all have. Being authentic comes with risks and even greater rewards. It brings a freedom to us that we can experience in no other way than - being authentic.
Think about when you are having a conversation with someone and they don't seem available- no eye contact, on their phone or interrupting. How do you feel when that conversation is over? I'm talking whether it's a relationship through business, personal, family, romantic, etc.. Now think about those times you have had conversations with people who are so interested in what you are talking about, looking into your eyes and have compassion about what you are sharing. How does that make you feel? Good, right?! I hope so! Now put yourself on the other side for some inner reflection.
Being authentic does not necessarily mean that you are going around telling everyone who you are and what you stand for and how you view the world. Authenticism can be adaptable- Being present in the moment. Recognizing our emotions when they arise and handling them in most peaceful way we know how. Being honest with people. Setting boundaries to care for ourselves. Being compassionate towards others. Helping our brothers and sisters when they cry for help.
In each and every one of us lies our true, authentic self. Over years it can be covered up by fear, anxiety, resentments, anger, heartache.. There's a way out of this! By practicing presence, compassion and honesty everyday- the layers will start to peel away to uncover the true, authentic essence we all hold within. As our inner worlds open up, our outer worlds with follow and we will know more peace, happiness and prosperity than we could have ever imagined. I promise this works.
Here are some things you may not know about me. I am a folk/rock/country singer songwriter in Austin, TX. When I was 17, living in Denver, CO, I paid with my own money to have two 10 inch subs installed in the trunk of my car. Pretty much all I listened to was rap and hip hop (and Mariah Carey). Until I started writing songs, I had no idea who Kris Kristofferson or Townes Van Zandt were. Authentic. I dropped out of H.S. to get my GED and start cosmetology school. Authentic. I have a few forms of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Authentic. I quit drinking over a year ago am an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in recovery. It's beautiful and authentic. I take way too many photos of my cat. Authentic.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I challenge you today, to be YOU. You have a special gift to offer this world. Use it as honestly and openly as you can! Know that you are loved as yourself and you do not need to be anything but YOU!
PS. This is a photo I took of SRV in front of Austin, TX skyline.