June 11      

Today's quotation:

The only thing more important than being good is being real. Authenticity is kinder than resignation without conviction.  Truth leads to good faster than good leads to truth.  Ultimately truth is good, but you have to live it from the inside out.

Alan Cohen

Today's Meditation:

How can I be me, and truly me?  How must I live so that all of my actions are authentically me, true reflections of who I am as a human being?  These are difficult questions to answer, of course, but not impossible.  And it may be easier to answer them with words than it is to demonstrate them with actions-- though the actions are a truer indicator of who I truly am.

I know plenty of people who talk a good talk, but whose actions reflect a lack of honesty and integrity.  I've worked with people who are quick to tell everyone what great workers they are, but who are the first to shirk their responsibilities and try to get out of whatever they can, leaving others to pick up the slack for them.  I know people who tell me how much they can be trusted, but who turn around and violate other people's trust constantly.

The truth of who I am is within me, but I have to decide whether I want it to be a guiding force in my life if it's to become just that.  And once that decision is made, I'll face a constant series of decisions that will challenge me to stick to it:  our lives are made up of little decisions each day that reflect our authenticity-- or the lack of it.

If I'm real and authentic in all of my actions, then people will know who I am and I'll be functioning on a level of true authenticity.  And I'll be truly unique because so few people are willing to explore their authenticity and then try to live it.

Questions to consider:

Do you always come from a place of authenticity?  In which ways might you not do so?

How would you define authenticity?

How important is truth to you as it relates to the way you treat the world?

For further thought:

Once you accept and rejoice in your authenticity, you begin to see things as YOU are.  You begin to see the authentic self is the Soul made visible.  Godspeed on your journey to wholeness.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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