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Embracing Your Authentic Self

The modern world is a busy, ever-changing place. We’re constantly being overwhelmed by new trends, advice, and routines that we should be following. It’s easy to fall into that trap and start living your life based on what you’re told.

When you’re constantly being told that you should act and feel a certain way, it might eventually lead to a kind of disconnect. You end up trying so hard to stay relevant and up to date that you forget about who you actually are. What you actually feel. You forget the truth of your life.

Following what social media tells you might be tempting, but it’s not good for you. The hustle, the pressure to achieve something great, the importance of productivity, and the condemnation of procrastination – these things may sound appealing at first. Still, they are exhausting in the long run.

Not everyone is an early bird. Not everyone wants to have a big social media following. Not everyone cares about the perfect body. It’s okay if you don’t. It’s okay if you don’t fit into this perfect mold that’s being promoted everywhere.

Truthfully, not many people do. We were not made to fit in. Each person is an individual. Each person is unique. That’s what makes the world beautiful. The best thing you can do is to be authentic. Stop trying to fit in. Embrace the truth of who you really are. Become your full, self-realized self. That’s the only way you can find peace within yourself. By embracing who you are and what you feel, you will become free. Free of restrictions and unrealistic expectations. You will finally be free to live a life that’s worth living. You will open yourself to happiness you never thought possible.

But how do you do that? How can you embrace the truth and discover who you really are?

Sometimes, this may seem like a daunting task. Following instructions is easy; decision-making is not. That said, there are some ways you can go back and connect with your innermost self. Here are some things you can try:

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is an ancient practice that has remained popular to this day. There is a reason for that. Meditation is a great tool that can help you unlock the hidden depths of your personality. When you meditate, you’re calm. You’re also present. You’re right here, in the moment, listening to your body, your brain, and your heart.

This is a great way to explore your mind and therefore become closer to embracing the truth.

If you’re new to meditation and don’t know where to begin with the exercise, you can start by doing this:

Sit somewhere comfortably and close your eyes. Breathe in, breathe out. Focus on the sound of your breath. Let go of any other noise you might hear. 

Then try calming your mind. It’s okay if thoughts keep coming to you. Our brains are designed to think 24/7. Acknowledge them – listen to what they are, and then let them go also. Do this until you feel a sense of peace and calm wash over you. Enjoy it. Enjoy the moment.

Tip: Don’t feel pressured to meditate for too long. Even 5-10 minutes every day can make a world of difference. Start small. If you feel comfortable, you can go on for longer. But don’t stress about it – this isn’t about perfection; it’s just about you.

Keeping a journal

Human beings feel so much at any given moment. We can go through a whole range of emotions in just a couple of seconds. We can go from hungry to upset to hopeful to annoyed to satisfied in just one short trip to the fridge.

Because of this, understanding your emotions may sometimes feel like a daunting task. How are we supposed to know what we feel when feelings can be so fleeting and fickle?

This is when journaling comes in handy. By writing down your thoughts and feelings, you’re forced to dig deeper. You’re forced to reflect.

The act of writing our thoughts down can often be highly revealing. Even if you initially wanted to just write about your frustrations at the lack of oranges in your local supermarket, chances are that something will take over, and you might just discover that what you’re really upset about is something that runs much deeper. 

Maybe you feel like things always go wrong for you. Maybe you feel like you can’t ever get what you want.

When you let your hand take over, you’re potentially opening yourself up to some hidden truths. Just give it a try. Start writing and see where it leads you.

Listening to your instincts

In a world filled with advice and lifestyle gurus, we’re often being taught to ignore our instincts. To, instead, follow the so-called proven methods that are sure to provide you with a fulfilling life.

But the truth is that our instincts are there for a reason, and they should never be ignored. If you ever have a bad feeling about something, there is most certainly a reason. The same goes for any other feeling. If you feel drawn to something, there might be a reason for that, too.

Your instinct is your guide. It comes from your core, and it’s trying to tell you what you want. Embrace it. Listen to it. It’s your most powerful tool.

Here’s a little exercise you can try: Next time you feel like doing something in the spur of a moment, do it. Let go and embrace what your heart is telling you. Stop biting your tongue. Stop feeling like you have to always be by the book. You don’t. You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to. Just do it your way for once.

Embracing the truth

Life can be scary, overwhelming, and confusing. But it doesn’t always have to be. 

Once you get in touch with your feelings and embrace who you really are, you might see a whole new realm of happiness and possibilities opening up to you. Stop being ashamed of who you are. Embrace it. Be free.

 

 

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