Earlier today, while looking through my files, I came across some journaling that I had written a couple of years ago. It made me think a moment about whether I was putting my own own truth into my actions. I’m not the same person I was when I did that journaling. Some things have changed in this stage of life and that meant that I need to do a little bit of realignment in order to live from my personal truth again.
Some questions to consider.
Do you follow your truth as you go about your day? Or, do you just go along with others because it’s easier?
For me, the answer is that while I usually intend to act from my own truth, in reality I probably do a bit of both.
This makes me wonder. Is it really helping myself or those around me when I don’t act from my own truth? Most likely it’s not really helping anyone. When I don’t act from my own personal truth, I’m not completely behind my actions. I don’t really agree with them, so I don’t really put all of my effort into those actions.
I also find that when I sacrifice my beliefs, desires and dreams for other people, then I have given away my own happiness. In the process I won’t be happy and chances are the people around me still won’t appreciate me for who I am or respect me either. In the end I’ve given my own power to someone else and most likely not gotten anything in return.
To live from your own truth you have to be true to yourself. Let your actions reflect your own truth. Be the best you that you can be.
What is your personal truth?
So, the first step is to know what your truth is in this current moment. If you’ve been living your life according to someone else’s rules, then it’s going to be impossible for you to live from your own without first defining them. You’ll need to pause and consider what your own truth is right now. This is what I did when I came across that old journaling. I spent a few minutes just considering where I am in this part of my life.
Now, your personal truth will change over time too. Here’s an example. If you have kids, then what was true for you when those kids were toddlers won’t be true for you when they are teenagers. Your life will have changed and that’s okay. Your own truth is allowed to change. However, you might find that there are some things that really don’t change. Maybe you’ve never liked smoking cigarettes and you still don’t. Then, that’s still a part of you are right now.
Do a check in every so often.
As I change and grow, what is true for me changes and grows. So, taking a few minutes to think about and maybe write down my current personal truth can be helpful for me to pay attention to what is important to me now. I can then align my actions based on what my current truth is.
A good time to do this is maybe the first of the year or around your birthday simply because these are milestones that we remember each year. Really though you can do this anytime you want. It’s a way to remind yourself who you are now and how you want to live your life.
In the end, I want to be true to myself and I’m sure that you do as well. I want to act in a way that supports what is important to me. I want to act from my own truth so that I can honor my own beliefs, desires and dreams. Revisiting my truth helps me to be aware of what is important to me now and to realign my actions to match up.
How to check in with yourself.
If you’re ready to act from your personal truth, then find a few minutes where you can be quiet and consider a few things. I like to start by moving my body in some way. This can be a walk around the block or dancing in your living room. It doesn’t really matter, just move your body for 5-10 minutes. Your answers will be more authentic if you do.
Then, sit down for 10 minutes and simply make a list of all of the things that are true for you right now. For example, my list right now would include the following (in no particular order) …
- business owner
- yoga therapist
- home owner who is renovating her house
- empty nester
- traveler who wants to explore new places
- desire to take all weekends off
- would like to hike a couple times a month
- want to spend more time outside
Now, I could keep going with this list, but I’ll stop there. You can see that it’s a list that describes me in this stage of my life.
So, after you write your list, then reread it and notice if your current actions are in alignment with your current truth. Some of the things that I listed are accurate already and some of them are things that I want to have in my life. You’ll probably find your list is similar. If what you listed isn’t true already, then what needs to change in order for it to be a reality? To live from your own truth, you’ll need to shift what isn’t lining up with your list.
If your actions already line up with your list, then way to go! You’re already in alignment with you’re personal truth.
Just remember that as life changes parts of your own truth will shift as well. You need to realign every so often in order to be true to yourself in your own actions.
If you’ve been living your life according to someone else’s dreams and goals, then it can be hard to identify your own again. If you’d like some help figuring this out, then reach out to me. Set up a free chat and let’s discuss how a yoga therapy session can help you uncover what your own truth is right now.
And remember, it’s never too late to live healthier & happier!
Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!