Living Authentically

According to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, authenticity is derived from the natural self, while inauthenticity is a result of external influences.  You know- the ego, societal expectations, and materialism.

So, what is your natural self?

When you stop holding onto the fear of what others think of you, the magic starts to happen:

Authenticity begins.

When you live your life authentically, things start to fall into place.  The right people and opportunities effortlessly find their way to you.  The weight of the world seems to fall away.

For years I tried to water down the person I was due to fear of what people had to say about me.  I would tone down my message, hold back my truth, or justify simple things simply because of what others may think.

Often times, I had no real evidence of what they were actually thinking.

As I began to accept the person I am, I stopped considering the opinions of others.  Sure, it is important for me to be kind and considerate, but I also know when I need to set personal boundaries.  I stopped trying to fit in and embraced what fits for me.

I wrote this back in 2017, when I began my journey of giving less F’s about everything else and caring more about me:

When you’re in alignment with the person you are meant to be, you won’t fit in like you did before.  You will see the world much clearer, more serene, and with a sense of purpose.  The noise from the outside world will no longer affect you so much and you will begin to find ways to improve the world around you, not complain about it.  As you continue to discover your true self, remember that the positives far outweigh the negatives.  Although it can be uncomfortable at first, keep doing you- you’ll thank yourself later. 

If you’ve spent years trying to please everyone around you, here’s the sign you need to break the habit and start remembering the most important person of all: yourself.

Connecting With Something Bigger Than You

Everyone has their own way of connecting with something bigger than themselves.

For some, it means religion, while for others, it’s through connecting with nature, animals, or music.  From believing in the natural flow of the universe to seeing a higher power work through other people, there is no doubt in my mind that I am being guided by something bigger than me.

There have been times I’ve missed a train, noticed a street sign, or gotten a phone call that made me realize there was something out there working in my favor.

If I had gotten on the first train, I wouldn’t have bumped into an old friend on the second one.

Had I not spotted the street sign, I wouldn’t have thought of a potential writing topic.

Just as I was thinking of someone, they called.

My higher power shows me signs in my everyday life.

Not only do I believe in connecting with source energy- keeping my thoughts positive and my vibration high– but I also believe in being guided by angels.  Just the other day, after thinking about my Grandma Arlene, I found a dime and my lost Angelite stone under my bed while looking for a pair of shoes.

There are no coincidences in my life.

You never know why things happen the way they do, but you can take some comfort in knowing that they always find a way to work.

Just be open and aware- you may be surprised at what you find.

Here is an interesting video about feeling disconnected from the physical world when you experience a spiritual awakening.

Summer is Here.

“If you can’t do something with the following three: peace, passion, and purpose, then there is a better alternative.”