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Embracing Your True Self: The Spiritual Journey to Authentic Living

Have you ever felt like you're playing a role, masking your true self for the comfort of conformity? Perhaps it arose from your childhood, societal expectations, or what you did to survive?

I think, deep down, I always knew I was not being "me". But it wasn't until I was in my 50's that I took the plunge into diving into who I was, my place in the world, remembering what I had long hidden from my own view. While it felt scary, it was actually exciting. I rediscovered within me, aspects I had locked away. Those parts of me were eager to re-emerge. My creative side was eager to play, the part of me that had a deep connection to nature longed for the outdoors, my questioning side wanted to go deep into asking those questions about our existence, many of which have no answer.

What Does Living Authentically Mean?

Living authentically means aligning your everyday actions with your true self and your soul's purpose. It's about letting your inner light shine so brightly that others can't help but recognize your true essence. When we shine our light, we give others permission to do the same.

When we live out of alignment, we may create a spiritual dissonance that echoes through our lives, leaving us feeling unfulfilled and disconnected.

Reflect for a moment: What aspects of your life feel most aligned with your true self?

Believing in Ourselves from a Spiritual Perspective

Believing in ourselves isn't just about self-assurance in our capabilities; it's about understanding our connection to something greater—a universal energy, the divine source that supports all life. Through spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, or quiet walks in nature, we can connect more deeply with our inner selves and this greater power. Slowing down to allow ourselves to hear and experience more deeply, being present to spirituality with is always around us, always speaking and communicating with us.

Parker Palmer quote on authenticity
The Spiritual Life is about becoming more at home in your own skin.

Think about a time when you felt a profound connection with the universe. How did it change your perception of what you could achieve?

The Power of Mindset in Cultivating Self-Confidence

Our mindset significantly influences how we view ourselves and our lives. Adopting a growth mindset helps us transform our self-perception. Simple practices like affirmations, spiritual journaling, or expressing gratitude can shift negative thought patterns into empowering beliefs.

What negative beliefs hold you back, and how can you shift them to serve your growth?

Self-Worth: The Necessary Foundation

Our self-worth should never be measured by external achievements but by how we appreciate our inherent value as spiritual beings. This appreciation allows us to act from a place of love and respect for ourselves. Engaging in practices that honor our body, mind, and spirit, like volunteering, connecting with like-minded communities, or practicing self-care, reinforce our worth.

Ask yourself: What actions can you take today to honor your inherent worth?

A Closing Thought

Your journey to living authentically is a beautiful path of self-discovery and empowerment. Each step you take is a step toward realizing your true potential and embracing the peace that comes with it.

Believe in yourself, for you are more capable and deserving than you might think.

Today, I invite you to engage in one small act that honors your authentic self. What will that be?

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