Apr 202015
 

wpid-img_20150407_103943.jpgSometimes it’s necessary to take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I authentic? Do I Walk my Talk? Am I truly working for the highest good? Am I able to see when I am no longer humble and honest? What are my values – am I embodying them?”

If you can’t get past the first couple it’s seriously time to re-evaluate.

As well as being a compassionate witness to yourself when asking pointy questions about authenticity it is essential to remain kind. Ask these too: “What am I doing to nourish myself? Am I allowing enough space in my life to be in silence? Am I able to feel still? How often am I connecting with the wonder of all that is? Does it feel like I’m doing this enough?” The biggest of these though is: “Do I nurture myself enough to enable me to be authentically present for the people I care about?”

If the answer is no it’s time to re-evaluate.

The photo at the top of the post is from last week when I sat down to my own reflective practice. To ask myself those same hard questions. To offer up my shame, my failures, my truly epic fuck ups and to hold them, cradle and integrate them. I did the work, supported by my drum, by Reiki, by flower essences, by the women of my tribe who hold my dreams and my mojo safe for me while I’m floundering and I came out the other side. Next week I’ll likely do it all again.

Being authentic is about showing up and doing your best. In the words of the brilliant Brené Brown:

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Credits:
Bach Flower Box – Healing Herbs
Mini Altar – Tiny Relics on Etsy
Woman Runes – Brigid’s Grove on Etsy
Kuan Yin Oracle – Alana Fairchild
Happiness Spell Candle – DeeLights.co.uk
Tiny Purple Goddess – Goddess Temple Gifts (Gifted by my heart sister Heather of Holistic Goddess)
Reminding me of the brilliant Brené Brown quote – Heather of Holistic Goddess

Jo Gough

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