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Day 137

Affirmation:

I only make choices that are beneficial to my life and support my well-being.

I only make choices that support my growth into a  more empowered and more authentic, loving human.


It is easy to get into the habit of making choices that do not serve one’s life or self.   That may be the habit of choosing an unhealthy relationship, choosing to be in situations which promote victimhood, or choosing to worry (which offers nothing positive to any experience).   Consciously choosing that which is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy is always the right choice, for both the self and others.  Choosing to nourish the body with the healthiest possible food is choosing well-being.  Choosing to end or avoid engaging in toxic situations is choosing to support one’s growth.  Choosing to view oneself as worthy and valuable is choosing empowerment.  Choosing to feel compassion, tolerance, understanding and acceptance is choosing authenticity.   Choosing to have a positive attitude and positive thoughts is choosing to be a more positive, loving person.   Being conscious of what one is choosing – and whether or not the consequences of those choices  support well-being – is an important part of living a joyful, healthy, authentic life of love and truth.

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Day 130

Affirmation:

I am the one living my life.

I am the author of my story.

I live this life in the direction of my dreams.

I live my life according to my hopes and aspirations.


From the time we were born, well-intended adults attached their hopes, dreams, ambitions, and aspirations to our lives, hoping they’d someday become our reality.  We might have heard things like, “I dream that one day you will…” or, “We have planned that when you are old enough you will…”  Perhaps we grew up hearing what sort of mate we should look for or which job we should – or should not – pursue.  Sometimes the process is more subtle.  As children we’re often introduced to activities by those same well-intended adults who have great expectations of our loving, thriving, and devoting ourselves to their interests.  Our inheritance may be our parents unfulfilled dreams or their desire to achieve through our successes.  Because this happens when we’re very young, it’s usually assimilated without question and becomes unconscious programming.  Without our awareness – or permission – we begin living our lives from the scripts others have written for us.  We will be mommies.  We will go to college.  We will marry pretty girls.  We will become the first person in the family to own a home, get a Doctorate, win the Heisman, stay married, record a song, etc., etc., etc.

When our life’s work, our education goals, our hobbies, interests and our dreams are more in alignment with another’s desires than our own…

When we’re striving to fulfill the hopes and aspirations others have for us…

When we’re trying to live up to other’s expectations of us…

…we are not authoring our own lives.  We have settled for letting someone ghost write our lives for us.

It’s never too late to take back our lives, write our own scripts and live our own dreams.  These are our lives we are experiencing and we are the only ones who should be living their lives through us.

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365 Days of Inspiration –  Daily Affirmations and Insights for Living a Joyful Life of Empowered Consciousness

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Day 91

Affirmation:

I view everything as a choice.

I am grateful for my responsible choices and how they empower me.

I take personal responsibility for my choices.


“I have to….”  How many times do we hear ourselves saying those words during the course of a day?  “I have to get that paper written.”  “I have to call Chris.”  “I have to go make dinner.”  “I have to get the bills paid.”   Today is a good day to begin  eliminating the words “have to” from our vocabularies and realize that everything is a choice.  Everything.  We do not HAVE TO make dinner, we choose to.  We do not HAVE TO pay the bills,  we choose to.   Sometimes all those HAVE TO’s can make us feel like victims of our own lives, when in truth each HAVE TO is merely a choice we have said yes to.  We alone are responsible for our choices and how they make us feel.   And we choose as we do because of consequences.

We do not HAVE TO stop at red lights, we choose to because the consequences of not stopping (a ticket) are less desirable than the consequences of stopping (arriving late).  We choose to pay the bills because we prefer the consequences of paying them over the consequences of not paying them.  We may not enjoy fulfilling every choice but do so by our own choosing.  Realizing that everything is a choice, we might even see an opportunity to choose not to do something, instead of  feeling we HAVE TO.   Will the world end if we leave the dishes?  Whatever we do – or don’t do – we take full responsibility for that choice.  There is empowerment in choice and by recognizing that everything we do is the result of our own choosing, we reclaim our power.

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Day 86

Affirmation:

Today I will pause to reflect on the many who have chosen to share some time on this planet with me.

I am thankful to my beloved for choosing to share another day with me, recognizing that it is a choice.

I am thankful to my family for choosing to share some of their time on earth with me, recognizing that it is a choice.

I am thankful to my friends for choosing to let me walk a while with them in life, recognizing that it is a choice.


Just as we’re learning to appreciate the role choice plays in our lives, we can also appreciate the choices of others, and how their choices make a positive difference in our world. Every day that a friend is still a friend,  we are blessed by their choice to share part of their journey with us.  Even those we appear to be well rooted in life with – children, parents and spouses – can choose at any time to be elsewhere and without our company.  When we acknowledge that our interactions and time shared are based on choice, we’re less likely to take them or our relationships for granted, instead experiencing each moment with a fully grateful heart.

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Day 85

Affirmation:

I am willing to bend.

I am willing to learn.

I am willing to change my mind and my views as part of my continual evolution.

I grant others the freedom to change their minds and positions without judgment.


Time teaches by offering us new perspectives.  What appeared fair last year, may this year seem terribly unjust.   Religious, political, economic, social, and cultural opinions and views can and should be mutable.   Taking a changed point of view does not mean admitting to having once held an incorrect view.  In some instances that may be true, but in all cases it is an admittance of growth, of flexibility, and of a willingness to expand.  It takes an open mind to be willing to hear new stories, to accept new ideas, and to be willing to change itself.  It takes an equally open mind to allow others the same grace.  No one has the exact same views they had a decade or two ago.  Some of our beliefs, and many of our positions, have likely changed.  Being willing to change our views, even at the risk of appearing inconsistent, non-committal, or even flaky, is in our best interest.  ‘Tis better to bend like wheat in the wind, than sit like a stone in the field.

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Day 77

Affirmation:

My thoughts, my beliefs and my words are in agreement.

I mean what I say and I say what I mean.

I live with authenticity of expression.


Inner balance arises when thoughts, beliefs, and actions are in harmony with each other.  Expressing verbally (speaking or writing) is an action.  Therefore, part of inner balance is having thoughts, beliefs and words that are in accord.  If we think or believe one thing but say another, we’re not expressing authentically and are creating an imbalance within ourselves.  When the belief-word and thought-word relationships are congruent, we support our personal harmony.   If we’re uncomfortable speaking our thoughts or beliefs truthfully (or know it’s inappropriate to do so) we can choose to say nothing.  In the quest for inner balance, consciously choosing words that are an authentic reflection of our thoughts and beliefs is crucial.

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Day 29

Affirmation:

I live with exuberance & passion, abundant appreciation, assertiveness, confidence and a GREAT IMAGINATION!


 

Meet Jessica,  heroine for the day.  She’s ‘written’ today’s affirmation because I couldn’t have said it half as well as she has…. (a transcript is below the video)

“Look I can be assert.  My whole house is great. I can do anything good. I like my school. I like anything. I like my dad. I like my cousins. I like my aunts. I like my Allisons. I like my moms. I like my sisters. … I like my hair. I like my haircuts. I like my pajamas. I like my stuff. I like my room. I like my whole house. My whole house is great. I can do anything good. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I can do anything good, better than anyone!” (She goes on in a second video)
“Better than Madison, or Chris, or Allison, or Vanessa, or dad, or mom, or anyone else, or my whole great imagination’s GREEEAAAATTTTT! my whole imagination’s great, I have my Christmas tree to put my things…..sorry if I got the names wrong YOU MADE MY DAY! no, MONTH, no LIFETIME!!!!”

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Day 27

Affirmation:

The foundation of my life is built from the inside out.

I consciously live my life upon a strong, enduring, and independent foundation of self-worth.


 

We can appreciate the opinions others have of us- both good and not so -but the opinions we have of ourselves are those from which we must cultivate our self-worth.  Valuing and validating ourselves based on the feedback of the external world makes for an unsteady, temporary and dependent foundation of self-worth.   In truth, the worth found in the feedback of others or the world is not self-worth at all, it is external-worth.   Self-worth is inner-worth, a sense of value that originates from within the self.   What the world thinks can support our feelings of self-worth but is an artificial and unstable source for them.

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Day 22

Affirmation:

Today I intend to see the world as a playground where I will let my inner child out to play.


The inner child is often only given his or her due consideration when an issue is being worked through or a trauma is being healed.   Few have escaped childhood without some emotional wound- and while it’s valuable to reclaim and love that inner child into our healing- he or she can offer us something else, something equally valuable.  That little boy or little girl who permanently resides in each of us doesn’t just hold pain, he or she also holds joy, abandon, wonder, and a true sense of play.   Let’s not only hold those inner children as precious victims but also as mighty examples of how to live life fully.  Let’s let our inner little boys and girls go out today and have some fun.  Let them remind us how to laugh at ourselves, how to make messes we can be proud of and how to be generous and forgiving.

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Day 257

Affirmation:

I acknowledge that I am human

and I  am humbled today by the gift of my humanness.

I easily and readily apologize for my mis-ses.

I accept responsibility without hesitation.

I forgive myself.

I am an example of humility, courage and authenticity.

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Being human really is a gift but it’s not one that comes easily, especially for those of us struggling to rise above our ego-rooted reactions and live a more heart-centered experience.  Sometimes that humanness just gets the best of us and we react.  We say something we don’t really mean or take frustration out on a person or situation totally unrelated to our inner struggle.  We blow up, we lash out, we hide behind arrogance, we crumble in the certainty that no one understands us (and certainly no one loves us), we feel alone and isolated, we may even engage in a full-blown pity party.  And it’s OK, and it’s normal, and it’s part of the balance we all struggle to find.  It may even be entirely emotionally healthy.  But on the other side of that humanness we need to find humility.

Cultivating the ability to recognize and own our mis-ses – mistakes, misdirection,  misuse of language, misguided attempts, etc. –  make amends for them, and then forgive ourselves for them, takes our humanness to a new level.

The absence of our humanity is not the goal of evolution; it is when our humanity exits in equal partnership with our humility that we are on our way.

 

A terrific movie that explores what it means to BE HUMAN and evolve

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Day 164

Affirmation:

My actions are in harmony with my intentions and motivations.

I have no hidden agenda; I live with honesty and integrity.

I say what I mean and I mean what I say.

My words and actions are authentic.

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Living a spiritually attuned life requires authenticity, the sort of authenticity expressed as motivations that are in harmony with actions.  Living authentically means being free of any hidden agendas in interactions with others or the world.   Instead of being nice to the boss in order to get a promotion, the person living authentically is nice to the boss because they are being nice.   Someone living authentically will not have an ulterior motive.  They give for the sake of giving.  They do for the sake of doing.  They ask because they are interested.  They help because they wish to help.  They love for the sake of loving.  

 

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Day 158

Affirmation:

I choose to be in relationships that support my evolution into consciousness.

I choose to be in relationships that promote my spiritual integration.

I choose to be in relationships that respect me, my choices, my path and my intention, even if they do not agree with them.

I choose to be in relationships that are authentic, heart-centered, and embody the Divine.

I choose to work toward healing relationships that have lost their way but hold potential.

I choose to leave relationships that deny me my-self, my choice, my path and my intention.

I choose to leave relationships that willfully deny me support, consideration and reciprocation.

I choose to leave relationships that inhibit my expression and growth, or the expression and growth of the other.

I choose to leave relationships in which I am not engaging from, or being engaged from, love.

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 The more you grow and become the empowered, conscious, integrated and evolving spiritual being you are, the more you will find yourself uncomfortable in relationships with those who are living from a different perspective.  You will begin to feel a need for authentic relationships.  Authentic relationships are those that are evolved beyond the ego, the small self and the small mind. They are created in heart-centered consciousness and embody spiritual evolution and integration of mind, body and spirit. They promote harmony, inter-dependence, unconditional support, and are founded in loving intention.  If there is a goal or reason for authentic relationships it is to support each other’s individual growth and expansion.   Authentic relationships are conscious choices, not obligations.   They are wants, not needs.   Authentic relationships may be short-lived or life-long.  There is a very conscious understanding in authentic relationships that when the relationship no longer serves both parties, it can dissolve naturally, instead of being clung to out of an ego-centered need. That does not mean that authentic relationships do not have conflict, but conflict is understood as a natural part of two wholes expressing individuality.  When conflict does arise, it is resolved mutually and respectfully.  The more authentically you live your life, the more you will desire authentic relationships.  That may mean leaving those which no longer promote expansion, are incongruent with your  path, or find you unable to be supportive of the other.  It may also mean being authentic in your half of a relationship that you wish to maintain, such as with a family member, though they have differing views.  In those situations we learn to be authentic in our own selves while respecting the evolutionary path of others.   Living in harmony does not mean isolation from those who resonate to a different beat, but in our interpersonal relationships it does mean engaging as authentically as possible.

[Note: I wish I could have posted with a picture of people engaged in an authentic relationship but the reality is that authentic relationships do not ‘look’ any different from others. I chose this photo because it makes visible the attributes of an evolved, authentic relationship.] 

 

 

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Day 97

Affirmation:

I engage in right speech.

I do not say anything away from someone that I would not say to their face.

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No one likes to imagine, think, or know that they are being talked about behind their back.   Yet we have all done so to another, at least once in our lives.  One day I was speaking to my brother about a relative, who, it turned out, was standing right behind me.   What I was saying was not necessarily unkind, but it was not something I would have said directly to her.   I learned my lesson.   If I would not speak my words about another to their face, I should not speak them at all.  

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Day 89

Affirmation:

I have an amazing gift to give the world!

I resolve to share my unique gift as part of my life’s purpose!

I will let nothing and no one deter me from sharing my unique gift!

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Everyone has at least one gift that makes them unique.  Ask yourself, “What is there about me that makes me unique? What special skill, ability, talent, gift, or experience makes me different from everyone else?  What makes me stand out in a crowd?”  The answer to those questions is the gift you possess.  Once you reveal to yourself what your gift is, think of ways to share it.   The most authentic and happiest people are those who have revealed to themselves what their special gift to the world is, and have made a habit, career, hobby, or life purpose of sharing it.   Can’t figure out what your gift is?  Ask your friends, family and others who love you.   Write down their answers.  You might be very surprised to hear them all say the same thing or different things that have one common thread.    Let nothing deter you.  It doesn’t matter how much time or money you have, how many contacts or connections you know, or how old, young, or experienced you are,  there is never a good reason not to begin sharing your unique and individual gift with the world!   I begin now. 

 

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Day 64

Affirmation:

I am always connected to my Source.

I keep my heart open so that I can share my spark of the Divine with the world.

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My intention for today is to remember that I am not separate from my Source (God/HigherSelf/Love/Light).  I do not have to open myself up in order to “let God in”.  God is ALREADY in. I must open myself up in order to let God OUT.  And when I do, I allow God to love thru my heart all those I meet… Including the one I meet in the mirror.

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Day 13

Affirmation:

This is MY one life and I came here to LIVE  it.
I start today!

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Our souls may have many incarnations but we  have only this lifetime..  Never again will my cells form to make this unique person I am.  Never again will I experience what I experience in this life.  Only in this journey will I have the gifts, dreams, passions, and purpose I do and only in this journey can I create, express and share them.   This is it.. the one and only time I will be this amazing version of my self.   What am I waiting for?

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Day 12

Affirmation:

I am abundantly blessed.

I see the blessings of life all around me and I am grateful for every one.

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Everywhere I look I witness the blessings of my existence.  From waking in the warmth of a bed to stepping first foot on cold flooring …  From crows bellowing and hummingbirds chirping in morse  to tea kettles, timers and doorbells  …  From a newly erupted lawn flower to a barren birch…  From snapshot memories of a child, a soldier, and a family to the heartbeat rhythm of my love…  From  the feet on which I stand to the bike I pedal and the car I drive…  From the fingertips that gently tap out this message to the voice that sings aloud and off-key…  From capitalism and democracy to the dream of social harmony… From miracles, magic and mystery to the mundane they create… From light to shadows and back to light…  From consciousness, questioning and clarity to daydreams and stillness… From rain drops and gum drops to tear drops…  From a single torn page of a coloring book to the entirety of Anna Karenina… From touch, tenderness and connection to solitude and space… From struggle and sorrow to surviving and thriving.  From cell phones to cellular memory… From here to eternity and back again… Everywhere I look I witness the blessings of my existence and I am humbled and I am grateful.

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