We human beings like to hide as much as possible of our true nature. We try to hide our feelings, our emotions. Our sexuality. What our true intentions are. Our age. How much money we make. What our political opinion or world view is, if it is not in line with that of the majority. I can go on for hours with this list. The truth is that we like to give away as little as possible of our true, authentic self. Afraid that other people find out who truly we are.
Our current day society is obsessed with negativity. We love to read, or watch TV, about someone else's misfortune. Whether it is a celebrity's marriage going down the drain or yet another war in the Middle East. Have you ever counted all this negativity in newspapers, the internet or on TV news? Let me ask it in another way: What about yourself? How many good things do you notice? Is your main focus on all the bad things happening around you? Or on the good ones, on the happiness in and around you?
People play roles all the time. Some people identify with their jobs, being married, and others because of their (financial) status. But is this who they really are? What if they lose that job, get divorced, or lose all the money they have? Is their identity gone? Have they identified so much with a role, even if it causes them a lot of stress, that they suffer to the extend that they do not know who they are, or know what to do, when that role is gone?
FYI, I removed the Awake Your Authentic Self Forum from the site.
An excellent way to get the most out of life is to set personal development goals. Surprisingly not many people set goals, or even think about what they truly want in life. But the people who do, usually are the ones who do much better compared to the people who don't.
Most people in our western society think that meditation is something that only Buddhist monks or Indian yogi’s do. By doing this they ignore the fact that meditation, as a practice, is also done by business people, athletes or normal folks like you and me. Meditation can be very relaxing and rewarding, like walking in the forest or listening to good music.
While defining the priorities for Quality Time is relatively easy, the persons or things you are passionate about, finding the time to spend that Quality Time is not (at least for most of us). Why is that? Are we too busy in life: too much to do, too little time? And could it be that our priorities do not match the things we are passionate about?