Over the weekend I heard someone describe me as
“Living my truth”
“Paula is really living her truth!”
WOW! It felt beautiful to be seen in such a way, and it got me thinking;
What does it mean to live your truth? 🤔
While it sounds like a beautiful thing to live your truth, (and it is) it certainly isn’t easy!! In fact living my truth has seriously kicked my arse recently!!
I LOVE quotes. Ever since I was in high school I surrounded myself with quotes to inspire me. This quote about truth deeply resonates …
‘The truth will set you free, but not until it’s finished with you’
David Foster Wallace
Brutal truth bomb right there 💣 #thanksdavidfosterwallace
Freedom is one of my top 3 values and at a recent yoga immersion I discovered just how much my soul craves freedom. I discovered that freedom is the driving force behind the work I do both professionally and personally. I deeply wish for all humans to live a life that feels free. Freedom from our monkey mind, freedom from our physical aches and pains, freedom heartbreak, from difficult life experiences…. I could go on!!
I believe 100% that the truth will set you free, but before that, as David Foster Wallace describes in his famous quote, it will break you first 😫. Perhaps this is why change is SO difficult.
The stories we tell ourselves, the illusions of the monkey mind, so many things need to be shattered before we experience freedom. Maybe you’re trapped in victum mentality, and tell yourself that nothing is ever easy for you. Maybe you’re experiencing persistent pain that feels overwhelming. Maybe it’s a belief that you are not enough, not worthy, or not lovable. Maybe it’s the relentless nature of parenting; or maybe it’s a relationship that you need to let go of that is creating suffering for you. There is a brutal truth behind all of these things that keeps freedom seemingly unattainable. The hardest part about all of this is it’s up to us to set ourselves free.
So what does it mean to live your truth? To me it means
⚡️ Getting to know your authentic Self
⚡️ Living by your values
⚡️ Being unapologetic about your choices
⚡️ Having the courage to let go
⚡️ Holding boundaries
⚡️ Living by your moral compass
⚡️ Speaking up when you have something to say
⚡️ Taking responsibility for our own lives and how we choose to feel, despite our circumstances and environment
It took me a really long time to get to know myself, and even longer to have the courage to live my truth; and I am still learning!! It is a choice every day to riseUP, overcome the circumstances of your life and live your truth. It can be irksome, scary, uncomfortable and lonely at times, but we must be brave and vulnerable enough to move towards discomfort if we desire freedom.
‘Step into the fire of self discovery. The fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not’
This quote by Mooji beautifully illustates that it is not the truth that hurts; it is the destruction of the illusions of your mind, the stories you have attached to, or lies that you have been lead to believe that hurt. Does that make it easeir? Hell no! You still have to move through the process of becoming unshackled from all of these things to experience freedom; but you don’t need to do it alone.
This week I invite you to reflect and perhaps journal on the question ✍🏼
“Are you living by your truth?”
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It is a powerful process, and one you cannot do alone. I cannot wait to walk beside you towards freedom. Ask about receiving 20% off my 12 week online (zoom) coaching program when you sign up before Easter.
I believe most of us crave freedom. What do you think?
Integrative Health Coach, Physiotherapist & Yoga Teacher