What does it mean to live an authentic life? For me it involves being true to myself, speaking my truth, being genuine, living in alignment with my core values of honesty, integrity, spirituality, courage, compassion, faith, service, joy, creativity, and sincerity. Values speak to who I am and what I stand for. When I honor my core values, I am living authentically, I am standing in my power, speaking my truth and taking a stand for what I believe in. There is a saying by Shakespeare “To thine own self be true” that speaks to living an authentic life.
As a Life Coach I help my clients to clarify their values so they have a better sense of who they are. When a client articulates their goals one of the tools I use is asking them to elaborate what the value means to them. The exercise involves using slash marks to separate the different interpretations of each value. Here’s an example. One way to define integrity is: Integrity/truth/honesty/walk your talk. Another way to define integrity is: Integrity/congruent/integrated/ genuine. By articulating the values in this way, the client deepens the meaning by attaching their own individual definitions.
Here is a 7-line poem about authenticity.
1-Being authentic is being real
2-Real and genuine
3-Genuine and honest
4-Honest in all my interactions
5-Interactions with others
6-Others deserve honesty
7-Honesty is speaking my truth
What about you? How do you show up authentically in your life? What are your core values? How do you honor them? How can you speak your truth today?
I invite you to join me at my May retreat, The Masks We Wear, The Journey to Our Authentic Self, May 11-13 at ARC Retreat Center. Details are on my website. http://nancyjambor.com/events/