This year I've promised myself not to make any new years resolutions. I figure I'm already too hard on myself, why add one more expectation to the long list I've managed to make already? Nope, I'm going to try something a little bit different this year. I've decide to continue on my journey of getting to know myself, who i really am in spirit and beginning to appreciate me for me. No new expectation, just being myself, the way I am right now, and being ok with the me i am.
You're welcome to come with me on this journey!
Just being ourselves will take courage, faith and a conscious commitment. It's going to be a process of stripping off the layers of false beliefs we've wrapped around our true selves. Things that we've told ourselves, like we have to look a certain way, know the right people and impress them with our wisdom, saying the right things, have the best experiences, all so we can be happy and successful in life. Just being ourselves may be scary and may not fit into what we want to believe about ourselves, it will not be easy and may even put us off kilter at times, heck it may leave us feeling a little lonely. However, don't you think being our authentic selves will be liberating, even exciting? So much of the stress, suffering and worry will simply fall away when showing our truest of selves and having the courage to be who we really are, without apology or falsehoods.
This is not going to be easy, we're going to slip up once in awhile, but that's ok. We're only human, what's important is we're making a conscious choice in getting to know who we really are, doing our best to live life as our authentic selves.
Here are a few things we can do to help us deepen our awareness, show the world our truest, bravest authentic selves this New Year.
.•Find love and acceptance for who you are. What do you love about you that has nothing to do with your external you? not what you do but who you are. the more we're able to uncover what we love about who we are, the more confidence we'll have to show the world our true colours and live in a place of peace and self-love.
•Be truthful to yourself. How much self-worth do you base on your actions, who you know, and what accomplishments you've made? Let go of defining yourself by your external self, it will give you the freedom and power to experience your purest truth. Getting honest with yourself may bring you to the realization, you really don't know who you are without your external layers. Yikes...this going to seem a little scary at first, but it's good and may even give you the tools to understand and experience the true spirit and soul of YOU.
•Practice just being YOU.. You may not like this but we've had alot of practice at being phony or being someone we think the world wants us to be. This is going to mean making alot of conscious decisions, just be the real you and bringing only your truest of reactions to outside situations. You must be aware by paying attention to your true feelings, your thoughts, what you choose to say, honoring your authentic self. This is about letting go of who you think you should be and just letting the world see who you really are in the moment.
Lets not take this too seriously, lets have fun with it, share it with the people we trust, being gentle with ourselves on this journey—this will be a big step for most of us. I'm excited to meet myself and soooo ready to introduce ME to the rest of the world. Wishing us all the best of being ourselves this 2011!!! Peace, Light and Hope to you all :)