Any one that knows me has heard me use the Authentic as a way to describe a much sought after sense of real happiness, peace, and contentedness. I use the word Authentic as it really smacks at the core of where the purest healthiest source of pleasure comes from: that is living and breathing right smack dab in the center of our TRUE self.
Most describe it as a raw and visceral sense of peace and ease.
When we choose to set our course of navigation from that purest and most Authentic point we become then equipped to weather any storm. We have an internal amulet for hurt, loss, and even abandonment. We make the absolute and 100% right decision every time, without waiver or second-guessing.
“Good for her, not for me!” As the funny Amy Poeher proclaims. (clearly skilled in Authenticity)
I set out recently to become my own experiment in living or shall I say running in the Authentic. I hold nothing back here, nor am I ashamed to say that I have spent many years operating from the opposite platform. I’ve competed and trained and lived from a very small, frightened, and neurotic place. And regardless of the outcome-no matter how many gold metals adorned-it felt like crap. The smiles fake, and the pleasure fleeting. Anxiety and insecurity would insidiously creep back in.
And so, as a big fan of personal reinvention (something I’ve worked on now for quite some time) I set out to see if I could just possibly run, train, and even compete in a 50 kilometer uphill running race from a fully Authentic self.
My Authentic self would feel excitement, the exhilaration of competition, of the challenge. I would feel compassion and ease as I moved steadily from mile to mile, despite the difficult terrain. I would not go into the dark zone. Success would be measured by simply crossing the finish line with a smile (regardless of a number). I would salute and embrace my competitors efforts.
On the physical plane: I would feel deeply connected and reverent to my body, converse to the militant slave driver.
I would feel fully alive.
And so N=1 turned out an affirmative. I offer that we CAN change our script, our paradigm, our habits. We can re-wire and create positive memorable experiences.
We can live and breathe an Authentic life.