Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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Be Yourself!

October 14, 2011

Tags: childhood, well-being, authenticity, creativity, satisfaction

The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

Being ourselves as children may not have required as much effort as it can take in adulthood. Connecting with your own authentic self can spark creativity and joy, not only a better quality of life, but also a greater sense of satisfaction. .
Creativity and calmness stimulate expression of your authentic self. When “in tune” with your own voice, whether you label that intuition, true calling, or authenticity, you experience more joy in your daily life – simply because you are being true to yourself. Being true to yourself is an important part of expressing your authenticity, feeling grounded, and coping with life’s challenges.

For some of us, we may need to return to childhood activities to find our authentic voice. As children, we were often less constrained by multiple roles and competing demands.

Try one of these exercises:

Think of something that made you smile as a child. Does the same thing still make you smile today?

If the first exercise is too challenging, try this one, with a little more structure. Think of an activity, person, or place that you enjoyed as a child. You may have only enjoyed this one time, but if it sticks with you as an adult, that’s a great clue to what may help you feel rejuvenated and grounded within yourself.

Enjoy the week and the joy from expressing your authentic self and feeling more centered.