Home' Nova National : NOVA NATIONAL AUGUST 12 Contents cation and the media gently, yet effectively,
drive us to believe we are not quite
enough and some change to our essence
within is desirable. In actual fact, the
opposite rings loudly true. There continues
to be confusion in many of us over who
we are, what we enjoy, our talents (and
whether they are worth pursuing) and the
right decisions to make. In the meantime
we feel trapped in cloudy muddle,
completely ignoring who we truly are and
what we innately want. After all, as Rumi
said, "What you seek is seeking you".
It is no wonder when we are not
congruent with our true self, that what
we are seeking will never find us.
Fortunately, many parents instil the idea
of being "you" with freedom of path and
choice. From this foundation we may have
more confidence in expressing our true
self with confidence.
Our authentic self is never lost, only
hidden. Some ideas I have personally
discovered in order to rediscover the true
essence within myself are:
● Repeat as often as possible, "I am perfect
exactly as I am".
● Ask yourself, what did I enjoy as a
child? Singing, dancing, writing, public
speaking, creating, poetry, carpentry
● Then reintroduce at least one of these
activities into your life. Who knows
where it may lead. You may meet new
friends or create an innovative business
idea from something you actually love
● Ignore societal views regarding age
barriers. Who says you cannot be a
famous violinist? Did you know current
neuroscience research demonstrates
that our brain is plastic and forever
changing, growing and learning, irrel-
evant of age. Dreams are not just for
● Say what you think and feel (of course,
with a splash of diplomacy). It is not
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'Our authentic self is never
lost, only hidden.'
'This is the present space
where connection with your
inner voice is sometimes
your job to tiptoe around others,
making them feel comfortable at the
expense of your own needs.
● Allow yourself to be lazy occasionally.
There is too much pressure to be
amazingly driven and goal oriented. It
is okay to do nothing at times, staring
into space thinking, dreaming and
being vague. This is the present space
where connection with your inner
voice is sometimes heard. Goals can be
considered only once you have heard
your inner voice, as there resides your
base for building your life.
● Make choices based on your own
dreams. For example, many find it
desirable to own a home. Perhaps you
would prefer to be a resident of the
world and rent in different cities. Maybe
you would rather own a business and
inject your earnings into a creative
● Be motivated by your soul not by guilt.
We are easily driven off our path through
guilt. Guilt is not a good motivator.
Guilt is instilled through various means
that create a belief system from which
we operate in later years. Let us all tame
guilt and be free.
You may note a general theme
running through the above ideas. You
discover you by allowing yourself the
freedom to make choices and decisions
only for you. It may appear self centred
to approach life in this manner. The
opposite is true. People who genuinely
love you will be happy you are treating
yourself as your own best friend. Your
authentic way of life will encourage others
to do the same and this will impact on
their circles as well. "Don't ask what the
world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive and go do it. Because what the
world needs is people who have come
alive". -- H.Thurman.
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