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Be Authentically You

Dance all night long and practice yoga the next day. 
Drink wine but don’t forget your green juice. 
Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it. 
Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday.
Go shopping at the mall and then sit down and meditate in your bedroom. 
Live high and low.
Move and stay still.
Embrace all sides of who you are and live your authentic truth!
Be brave and bold and spontaneous and loud and let that complement your abilities to find silence and patience and modesty and peace.
Aim for balance.
Make your own rules and don’t let anybody tell you how to live according to theirs.

~ Rachel Brathen
 
I would like to add to this commentary:  Practice feng shui and slop through the mud puddles.
 
It’s interesting that we have been trained to think we need to be a one-dimensional being. [Boring] […and so predictable]  Begin trying out the parts of yourself that you’ve stifled because of societal expectations and upbringing on how to fit in. 
 
Ana Saldarriage in her Ted Talk about The Power of Authenticity said it very well.  “The more vulnerable you are, the more vulnerable you allow the people around you to be.  If you embrace your authenticity, you are giving me the space to embrace mine.  That only comes when you don’t feel judged.”

How refreshing to know that we can take a break from worrying about how others perceive us.  Even better – that we can take a break from the idea we need to have an opinion about someone else.
 
Sure, this sounds good, but how?  In my personal life, it has come from inspirational reading leading to mindfulness and meditation.  You really need to know (or create) who you are to be able to project it.  It could be a lifetime of striving, and if you are striving – good for you!  You are way ahead of most. 

How about at a minimum we start here:  Let go of the stuff that suffocates your soul.


Allow you to be YOU.  Let’s make this world a little more interesting.

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