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In a world of unrealistic expectations, computer-adjusted “reality”
and hard-to-spot fakes, stay real.

woman in blue jacket walking on sidewalk during daytimeLiving a life that’s true to yourself and your values will bring you far greater happiness and fulfillment than trying to accumulate tons of material possessions, false relationships, or devoting your precious time and energy to portraying someone or something that you’re not.

Try speaking aloud this affirmation – change the words if you must to fit your normal mode of speaking and vocabulary, but make sure the essence of the statement remains:

My spiritual faith and personal relationships matter more than material possessions or outer appearances. I devote my time and energy to activities that make me feel happy and fulfilled.

When you practice activities and put your energy into what makes you feel brown dried leaves on sandgood – happy and fulfilled – those feelings become a part of who you are. Just as negative feelings can leave behind “baggage,” positive feelings can leave behind effects that you’ll want more of.

Having a spiritually authentic outlook helps you to practice humility. When you’re able to laugh at yourself, it’ helps you to learn more and to grow. Loving yourself even when you make mistakes, or when you have spinach stuck in your teeth helps you to keep your struggles and victories in perspective.

Affirm the following statements about yourself – out loud, in your own voice, and make sure you HEAR what you are saying. Don’t just give these statements “lip service” – say them and MEAN them:

I accept myself for who I am.

I am willing to be vulnerable. I share my deepest thoughts and dreams with my family and friends. I show my true self to my loved ones.

Commit to having respect for honesty. When you receive candid feedback that helps you to see where you need to make changes in order to reach your goals, be thankful for that feedback. Living a spiritually authentic life means that you tell the truth even when the consequences may be inconvenient.

Focus more on helping others rather than impressing them.

gray concrete cross on gray concrete surfaceLive your life in a way that helps you earn the trust of the people in your circle, and those that are watching from afar – speak sincerely, and uphold your commitments. Work to go the extra mile to deliver all that you promise and more. Stand by my friends and family when they are going through difficult times – THAT is something to be “known” for.

When it feels like you don’t have enough time to live in this way, remind yourself:

I can take a break from the daily rush and spend intentional time looking inward. I notice whether I am feeling peaceful or pressured, and I can figure out what my mind and body need to perform effectively.

Today, I dare to be myself. I listen to my own voice and aim for authenticity.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Why does living a spiritually authentic life set me free?
  2. How does seeking approval interfere with being authentic?
  3. How do I feel when I am honest with myself about a sensitive subject?
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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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