In an address to students graduating from Stanford University, Steve Jobs said:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Pretty powerful stuff right?!
Read each sentence. Sit. Contemplate. How does this resonate with you?
Steve Jobs pretty much sums up the meaning of authenticity.
I must admit that authenticity has become some what of a buzz word for me this year. I’ve grown fond of its interpretation and the connection it has to our whole body.
Authenticity requires that we are aware of what’s happening in our bodies; that we are not only attentive to our feelings and mindful of our thinking, but to all that is happening within us.
Like many, since becoming a mama I’ve lost my way a little. A disconnect from my body post birth and a disconnect from my spirit as my motherhood journey unfolded.
It’s easy to reflect back on the things that went wrong, and the areas that needed greater attention. I wasn’t living an authentic life. I needed to do more, be more, strive for more. I felt at my core that to be valued, I needed to be successful. A successful mother, wife, family member, yogi, in business……the list goes on.
Ultimately, I needed to ask myself:
(1) Do I feel free to make my own choices?
(2) Do I feel free to express my views and opinions?
(3) Do I feel like I can be myself on a day-to-day basis?
The answers were no. I was living based on the needs, expectations and values of others. It was time for change.
We can change our lives by striving for greater authenticity, but it is an ongoing, life-long journey. As we embark on that journey, change is inevitable but not necessarily easy.
We started Yoga Mamas to bring about powerful change for mamas & mamas-to-be through the ancient practice of yoga. And whilst we’ve impacted hundreds of women around the world, the impact this journey has had on us has been life-changing and ever unfolding.
When we as mothers can step up and live from a place of authenticity, we give our children permission to do the same.
As parents, we need to be less controlling and conditional and more authentic in ourselves, which allows our children the freedom to grow into being more of themselves and to feel more alive and vital, giving them us as role models for authentic living.
How does that sit with you mama? If you were to ask yourself the same 3 questions as above, what would your answers be. Would love to hear your thoughts below.
All bliss, Kate
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