3 Steps To Living An Authentic Life
Great emotional disrupt occurs when we find ourselves behaving in a way that opposes our core values, goals, or belief systems. Perhaps we set milestones in 2014 and, in looking back, realize we haven’t made much progress. Rather than berate yourself (which does nobody any good, nor does it serve you in this upcoming New Year and all of its opportunities), take a good close look at who you want to be, what you wish to achieve, and—of utmost importance— how you plan to get there.

Practices like yoga and meditation serve this purpose well. Introspective in nature, they allow us to connect with our higher selves, strengthening our commitment to live with purpose. In the words of Eckhart Tolle: “Pay attention to what’s going on inside, because if you get that right, everything else will fall into place.”

A practice of daily reflection, introspection, or mindfulness will bring together the person you wish to be with the person you actually are. This is the very definition of authenticity.

Here are 3 steps to living with integrity, sincerity, and authenticity.

Step 1: Define your core values. For example, you consider kindness and generosity to be admirable traits.

Step 2: Determine how these manifest in practical terms, in daily living. Perhaps generosity means donating a small amount each month to your favorite charity. Perhaps kindness is saying one nice thing to someone each and every day.

Step 3: Know the circumstances and situations that challenge you and determine how you can respond in a way that reflects your core values. Knowing beforehand how you wish to respond will better prepare you for the challenge.

Authentic living is nothing more than replacing a bad habit with a new and improved behavior. Awaken to your potential, acknowledge what’s holding you back, and commit to becoming the person you wish to be.

Eryn Kirkwood is a published writer and the editor of six best-selling books on yoga (with two more on the way) as well as a yoga teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. For over a decade she has dedicated her life to the study, practice, and teaching of the science of Self-realization.

For more inspiration, please see AchieveYoga.com.

Connect with Eryn on Facebook: Eryn Kirkwood and Twitter: @ErynsYoga

January 08, 2015 by Ashley Wray

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