“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
~ Dr. Seuss
“To thine own self be true.”
“Stop trying to be normal. You weren’t born to be normal. Normal means numb, inauthentic, identified with ego. Be abnormal. Be your crazy, wild, brilliant self. Be unhinged, broken, open. Let unbearable joy and profound sorrow flow through you. Let every crazy thought arise and fall.
Remember, you are spacious. You are consciousness itself. So vast. So free. So damn real.
You are not an object. You cannot be contained. You’ll never fit in.
In a violent world, alienated from its spiritual roots, you’re mad to be normal. You’re sane in your unwillingness to comply.
You’re beautiful in your vulnerability. You’re strong in your uncertainty. You’re loveable,
without ever having to deserve it.”
~ Jeff Foster
“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.”
~ Cheryl Richardson
“Care less about who you are to others. – Don’t lose YOU in your search for acceptance by others. Be aware that you will always appear to be a little less than some people prefer you to be, but that most people are unaware that you are so much more then what they see. You are good enough just the way you are. You have nothing to prove to anyone else. Care less about who you are to others and more about who you are to yourself.”
~ Marc Chernoff
“Work like you don’t need money
Love like you’ve never been hurt
and dance like no one is watching.”
“Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
“When you are your authentic self, you have no competition.”
~ Scott Stratten
“Being authentic is the only way to be. If you are not being yourself, you are not being.”
“The thing that is really hard and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
~ Anna Quindlen
“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “authenticity”.
~ Charlie Chaplin
“There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me…or leave me.
Accept me – or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad –
you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.”
~ Stacey Charter
“Being honest may not get you many friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.”
~ John Lennon
“I don’t want perfect – I don’t want flawless.
I want madness, happiness, chaos, and everything that is and isn’t fucked up.
Because these are real and I know that perfection doesn’t exist in a world where everyone is extraordinarily unique.
And if I’m going to live, and if I’m going to love, I don’t want it to be perfect. I want it to be real.”
~ The Word Virus
“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.”
~ Chin-Ning Chu
“I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much.”
~ Emery Allen
“Authenticity is freedom from the illusion of fear and alignment to the reality of love”
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
~ Shannon L. Alder
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
~ Jim Morrison
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
~ Brené Brown
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
~ Mary Sarton
“When you can live your life openly, without worrying about hiding anything, hurting anyone, triggering anyone, without worrying about losing friends or respect, without worrying about losing money or reputation…. you will gain a source of power, freedom and magic that will be deeper than anything you’ve experienced in your life. Don’t wait until you’re ready. Start small. Express something, do something, share something that is slightly outside your comfort zone. Notice how you are afraid to share, but also how you yearn to share, yearn to be seen for who you really are. You are beautiful. The world wants to see you. Start here. Start now.”
~ Eyal Matsliah
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight – and never stop fighting.”
~ E. E. Cummings
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
~ Brené Brown
“Soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding the things in your life that are real and pure.”
~ John Legend
“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful. There’s a word for it…Authentic.”
~ Tim Brown
“There is nothing to practice To know yourself, be yourself.”
~ Nisagardatta Maharaj
“Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are.”
“When you fall into alignment, great music arises in you. It is the sweet song of harmony.”
~ Robin Wheeler
“Don’t worry if you’re making waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.”
“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being,otherwise, we all remain too frightened.”
“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls…”
~ Joseph Campbell
“If love lives in you, you will choose to show up in this world as your true self and be REAL….You will live in such a genuine way that what you do and what you say instinctively lines up with who you are. There is no second thought about being truthful. Honesty and integrity are as important as the air you breathe.
Many of us wrestle with the idea of exposing ourselves this way because we are more concerned about our image and preserving the illusion. But it’s a façade. It’s not reality. That’s when we must look deep within ourselves because the illusion is the playground for ego. And ego lives in darkness. And darkness and light cannot co-exist.
Choose to be authentic, because when you do, you create the space for others to do the same. And that’s how we make this world a better place.”
~ Daniel Nielsen
“Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
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