I have very strange thoughts today, that I’ve been writing this blog;
for a couple months and the one thing that I have not, I have not said
to my family and friends colleagues clients , my social media
I just heard Wayne Dyer talk about consciousness and being present. His word (consciousness) is in the now, just as my word (being present) is in the now.
I think this perspective is hard for most sentient beings because they left that frame of reference when they left the womb and their parents. Leaving the womb changes the consciousness to be afraid, to doubt, to second-guess, to disbelieve, and to lie to ourselves. How do you change? The easiest way to overcome this limitation is to love yourself unconditionally without subconscious and/or conscious interference, or — as Wayne said– to be God like.
How is your practice going? Are you writing in and reading your journal on a day-to-day basis to reinforce your mindfulness? What other assistance do you need? Are you taking the time to be quiet and reflect? Do you remain patient and loving with yourself? This is critical. Unconditional love IS the path to living an authentic life, starting with you.
Please share your thoughts to help others on the same path.
Over the last 8 weeks we reviewed a path for living your life authentically. The stepping stones are Clarity, Commitment, Consistency, Collaboration, Communication, Never Lie to Yourself, Authentic and Being Present. They work together to support your growth as a sentient being.
As you work on these values, they become woven into your DNA until it becomes second nature. This path takes time and practice. It doesn’t need force, it needs Fluid Movement.
Over the last two months, have you incorporated these practices into your life? How have you done that? Please share your process to assist others.
By taking the time to be quiet, by yourself, you learn how to be present with others. You take the time to listen to your surroundings. When you listen, you don’t add the back story to the sounds. You are simply aware of the sound itself.
When I am out in the woods at my home, I go out and I am aware of all life forms. I don’t distract myself with other sounds. I join the other sentient beings that are sharing Mother Earth with me.
When I am walking in the city, I stay present by scanning in all 7 directions, I am aware and I greet other sentient beings with a smile and enjoyment. For they too share Mother Earth with me.
When a person is present, they bring the light that’s within to the room. Their presence warms the space and brings joy to themselves and others.
Tell us where you are most aware of sharing this Earth with other beings? Are you present when you spend time with your partner or your children? When you listen are you with them fully?
Practice by being alone and quiet. Listen using all of your senses. Focus on being aware of all 7 directions – East, South, West, North, Above you, Beneath you, Inside you. What do you notice? Be aware of the Earth. Sit quietly for a few minutes every day – just breath, be quiet and listen fully.
How often do you feel present every day? Share with others how you come back to this moment.
Being present is being exactly where you are from the moment you open your eyes, take a breath and get out of bed. It means seeing in all 7 directions* at all times. When you are with friends your monkey brain doesn’t pull you away to work or family, when you are at work, you are there to collaborate with your colleagues.
You remain aware of your surroundings without being distracted by them. You listen and you see what’s happening around you, while at the same time, you stay with the person you are with or the project you are working on.
Being present means not being rushed. If you are in a rush, you aren’t giving unconditional love to yourself or others. Sit quietly, listen with all your senses, be authentic and you will be present. This is a gift. It is a gift to yourself and when you are with another person, it’s a gift to them. By staying present you can appreciate and love this moment without thought to the past or the present. Be by yourself or with another sentient being and enjoy this time fully.
Tell us what you think – how often are your truly present? Do you worry about the future? Does this worry take you away into a long story line about things that “could” happen? Do you worry about the past and what did or didn’t occur? When do you feel most present? Cooking? Making love? Playing with children or animals?
*More on 7 Directions to come
What does being AUTHENTIC mean to me?
When I see people from different areas of my life – work, home, family, friends, I am the same. I have clarity and I am honest with who I am and what I feel without getting defensive.
I am not a chameleon that changes colors based on the environment. I stay true to myself and live and flow with Mother Earth. I don’t work at getting people to like me. I love myself unconditionally without looking for anything in return. I am Authentic.
Being Authentic flows naturally after our last blog of Never Lie to Yourself. Being Authentic takes it one step further – it takes it outside to the public, to your friends, your family and to work. You know who you are, now share who you are to the World.
Share what you have experienced with being authentic. Has this exercise made you more aware of the different roles you play in your life? What have you learned?
Ask yourself: When am I most authentic? Do I tend to play roles in different areas of my life? Do I argue with myself when act differently with different people? Do people comment that I am different at home? at work? with family? Do you love yourself unconditionally?
Start your practice in being Authentic today. If you have a journal, write down your answers to the above questions. If you don’t have a journal, start one now.
Share your thoughts with the blog. Do you have other questions that reveal your authentic self?
Being Authentic is to be the same person 24/7 without reservation. You are comfortable being vulnerable and open with unconditional love for yourself at all times. Your ego doesn’t start demanding that you act differently depending on where you are.
Regardless of who you are with – friends, work colleagues, or family – you stay authentic and present. You don’t play a role. There is no compromise with being authentic, just be honest with the God or Goddess within.
Share with others. Tell us if you find yourself being different depending on where you are and who you are with. Let us know what that feels like inside? Now, are you willing to live authentically? See how you feel when there is one you – the authentic, beautiful person you are.