“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” —Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever noticed when you really connect with someone what a good feeling it is? That feeling is our natural response to authenticity. Authenticity trumps just about everything when it comes to connecting with others, building relationships, and feeling good about yourself.
But here’s the thing — sometimes it takes real courage to tap into your authentic (a.k.a. true) self. It may sound easy, but you’d be surprised at how often people feel they need to act the way they think others want them to.
When I was studying Spiritual Psychology, I learned that being our “authentic selves” meant “tapping into the unconditional love within each of us.” When we do this, not only are we being true to ourselves, we also see others and the world from a loving place. Of course, that doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it just means we all can access our authentic selves and bring love to our lives, to others, and to our work.
Whether or not that resonates, you’ve undoubtedly experienced your own authenticity, and seen authenticity in others. And the more consciously you do it, the more you’ll find it serves you in all ways, especially in connecting with others. The trick lies in learning to be comfortable just being who you are.
Today we’re exploring some quick tips on doing just that.