The Importance of Being Authentic: by Frieda L. Ferrick, MFT Grief and Loss Counseling

What does being authentic mean?   Being authentic means being true to yourself.  It means that you will pay attention to what your mind, heart, body and spirit are needing and telling you each day.

Your body will tell you, don’t drink anymore, don’t eat any more, please move me around and if you listen, you will start to feel better.

If you are working at a job that has meaning to you, your mind will be active and curious.

If you can’t find work that really is important to you, it is very crucial that you have meaningful things to do in your spare time.

Your heart will be open and happy if you are living an authentic life and closed and sad if you are not.

All of this impacts your spiritual life.

When you live a life that is not of your own choosing, you can have many emotions that are not making you and your life feel good.  You can feel angry, resentful, bitter and sad.  These feelings are there letting you know that something is not right with you.

So, how do you change this?  First of all, you have to start paying attention to your inner voice.  You can take a short period of time every day, five to fifteen minutes or more to read, write, meditate, pray or walk.

These are activities that will re-charge you and help you to tune in to what it is you are feeling and thinking.

For some people art works better.  They are visual folks that can work through their feelings by doing different art projects.

People sometimes feel if they don’t have large amounts of time to do this, they won’t do it it at all.  I say small amounts of time can still be helpful.

If you do all of this and still need help, you can talk to friends, family, a teacher or a professionally licensed counselor.

You deserve to be the best that you can be.

Here is to life and being authentic!