Posts tagged spirituality
1. You’re breathing. You owe your life to the world not the other way around. How are you sharing you natural gifts with others?
2. You have a roof over your head. I’m guessing that you do if you have time to read Top Ten lists!
3. You have enough food in your stomach. Again, an assumption but if you’re reading this, I bet its true.
4. You have a computer. You’re reading this on it right?
5. There is something beautiful that you can look at right now. It may be in your home or outside -check out that flower or cloud.
6. You have online friends. You do, don’t you? If not, join us on twitter.
7. You have opportunities and possibilities. Yes you do. Unlimited. Really.
8. The sun will rise and set. And you don’t even have to do anything.
9. You can read -therefore you can keep learning. Life long learning rocks.
10. You’re able to read Top Ten Lists. Fun, huh?
Top Ten Ways to Live Authentically
1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction – hoping that you’ll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.
2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals – – check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn’t align with any of your top five values – you may want to reconsider it or revise it.
3. Know your needs
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, to be loved? List your top four needs and get them met!
4. Know your passions
Honor those things that make your heart sing. Whatever it is, do more of it!
5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind.
6. Honor your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three – if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths.
7. Take time to play
Give yourself time to recharge doing things you love to do or by just doing nothing.
8. Be aware of your self-talk
Are you blocking your potential? Check out your first thoughts when you wake tomorrow. Are they supportive, encouraging or positive? Choose the kind of chatter that’s goes on in your mind. Become aware of the negative messages you give yourself. Gently catch them and turn them into positive affirmations.
9. Surround yourself with inspiration
Keep a success journal. Write down your four or five greatest strengths and post them where you can see them. On the last Friday of each month, write down all your accomplishments both big and small.
10. Serve others
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit – your essence.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
James Hillman, in the Soul’s Code says that “just as the giant and majestic oak is embedded in the acorn, so a person carries inside them an active kernel of truth, or an image, waiting to be lived. The idea is not a new one – the Greeks had the word ‘daimon’ to describe the invisible guiding force in our lives, the Romans the ‘genius’.”
I read those words in 1996 and bought a ceramic symbol of an acorn…which hangs in my office today. It reminds me that if I started out as an acorn…it makes no sense to try and be a pine tree….
That I must live MY life….as the GENIUS that I am (and so are you!)
Here are the 3 ways to name and claim your Genius.
#1: Its always been there. What did you LOVE to do as a kid? This seems to be a simple question. It’s NOT. It’s the most powerful clue to the essence of your genius. Your essential self was still pretty intact and clear about what it truly loves.
#2. What was a pivotal, memorable experience you had regarding what you loved to do as a kid? What was it about the activity that you loved? I loved reading …it took me into new worlds and was something I could do in quiet and solitude.
#3. What words and/or qualities describe that experience?
My example: learning new things, being in the world of thought, quiet, solitude….and this is the quality of a large part of most of my days today!
Your Unique Genius is not about skills…it’s a powerful force that IS the very core of who you are. It is the essence of what you love to do and do extraordinarily well.
Would an example be helpful? Here’s mine. My Unique Genius is I energize possibility. I express my Unique Genius by creating new programs and services.
Go ahead and draft up your Unique Genius statement –keep it to no more than 6 words or so….and don’t get stuck on getting it RIGHT…you can always change it as you get closer and closer to your essential self.
The feeling of using your Unique Genius is so powerful and motivating that you will find that you can’t wait to let go of anything that is not in your Unique Genius. And THAT is focus.
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