Too many of us live out our lives as if we are living for the approval of others. Live an authentic life, you only get one chance. ~ Sharon Nicholas
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” ~ Marianne Williamson
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha
Loving oneself isn't hard, when you understand who and what 'yourself' is. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It's so beyond all of those things and it's what gives life to everything about you. Your own self is such a treasure. ~ Phylicia Rashad
The Live An Authentic Live - The mission is simple and a straight forward one. To build a conversation and community around the goal of living an authentic life.
Do you live in fear of what your future holds? Do you have daily concerns you can't seem to shake? When you think about your life are they mostly worry thoughts?
The reason is..... many of us have learned from our parents, friends or society to seek external for validation from the outside world on our own self-worth. Whether we seek this validation through our relationship, our job, our friends or our family we're either looking for it with or without being aware of it. The problem with seeking external confirmation of our own self-worth we are dependent on something outside of us to tell us we are valued. If we don't receive the the validation we feel not as accepted, loved or cared about from our own need for acceptance. With this sense of seeking we don't appreciate our own view of self. We cannot truly appreciate the validation even if we do receive it from the outside world, unless we first give it to ourselves. After we grant this to ourselves the outside world can simply confirm our self-view. When we know what self-love feels like, we can recognize it better and actually open ourselves up to receiving someone else’s love. Without self-love being "in love" with another person or having a healthy relationship would be extremely difficult. When we feel self-respect, we can then attract that same quality in another person. When we personally take care of self first, the yearning to receive confirmation from the outside world becomes least important to us. It is wonderful to have confirmation of our value, love and support from others, but it is secondary to how invigorating it feels when we first give this to ourselves. Everything else from the outside world becomes simply becomes a second confirmation of what we already know and are aware of. To further accept what we've already confirmed to ourselves, rather than something we are seeking to fill the void or help with a longing.
When we finally embrace our fears and give ourselves the time for the self care we have been needing, we then begin to not only feel a lifting of our concerns and learn many other people have these same concerns. When we learn to trust our instincts. love ourselves, care for ourselves and learn from ourselves. We learn we are strong enough to take on obstacles, live with challenges and win.
When we are coming from our authentic self we are coming from a place of strength and sincerity over a place of weakness or fear. We are not coming from a place of perception of who we are, but from a place of deep rooted strength and the grounded self. We can take on challenges with strength and grace from this core strength of who we are. The ability to take on adversity grows as we learn to embrace ourselves and, listen to our own wisdom, trusting ourselves and following our instincts.
When we feel stronger we have the strength to ask for help from others when we need it. The gift of living within our strength is we can close off the external world and draw strength from within when needed, yet we can still ask for help from others. When we are coming from an empowering place we don't feel as dependent on others but it's still ok to ask for help when we needed. When we step into this new identity of who we truly are, we become the empowered decision maker. We make our life decisions of our next steps, life no longer feels like it's happening to us without our input or say.
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