June 3

Today's quotation:

People who do not need to please are irresistible because they radiate wholeness, a rare delicacy in a world of hungry hearts.

Alan Cohen

Today's Meditation:

Many people that you meet in life will be out to do nothing but to please you.  While that sounds fine, it's usually a result of insecurity rather than self-awareness, and the persona that they present is one that they believe will please you, not necessarily their authentic self, just as they were created to be.

While there's nothing inherently wrong with wanting to please other people, we must ask ourselves:  at what cost do we do so?  In trying to please this other person, am I allowing my true and authentic self to shine through?  I believe that there are very few people who can truthfully answer that question in the affirmative, sadly enough, which makes those few people something special indeed.

These people are polite and courteous because that's the way they want to be on the path they've chosen, not because they're trying to impress or please anyone.  They won't agree with me just to make me feel better if they disagree with what I'm saying.  They won't smile brightly if they're not in the mood to smile.  They've found the freedom to be who they are no matter what the expectations or supposed needs of the people around them.  They aren't acting in defiance of those needs-- they're simply acting in accordance with their inner beings.

I hope one day to be able to be myself no matter what the situation.  Sometimes being myself calls for trying to make others feel better, but not at the expense of the loss of my authenticity.

Questions to consider:

Are you always yourself?  Do you always act in accordance with who you are, or do you also choose ways to act because of what you think others want from you?

How would you define "authentic self"?

Why do we tend to want to please others so much?  Do others want us always to please them, or do they want us to be ourselves?

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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