Authenticity

I saw a drawing on the pavement on the way to work yesterday. It was beautiful on so many levels. It was in bright coloured chalk across a long section of footpath. It had clearly defined start and end lines and was filled with rainbows, sunshine and smiley faces and flowers. And at each beginning line were the words: When you walk here, you DANCE!

It was kinda liberating. It was in sync with some Chakra work i’ve been immersing myself in for the 2nd Chakra which is all about joy, desire and being creative and uninhibited. What a perfect reminder it was!

It so common that we hide ourselves. We stuff ourselves, our true selves, deep down into our body and psyche for fear of what others may think. We become the person we think they want us to be. We become the person we think will be “successful”. We become the person we think will be liked, adored, loved and respected.

Then, one day we awaken miserable and we don’t know why. Life has lost it’s shine and sparkle and the thought of getting up and going out into the world as this “person” just feels too heavy.

It’s then we seek out advice, we seek a solution to the mundane day-to-day existence. It’s then we go searching. And yet, often it seems that we come face to face with who we’ve become, not who we really are. And so what we really go searching for is ourselves. Often, we’ve had it all along but we’ve painted over our true selves and all it takes is a little unravelling. Yes, sometimes there are more pieces to collect of who we are but ultimately, at our very core, we’ve had us all along.

Perhaps it’s time to remove the layers of conformity and peel back the masks we’ve created and discover once again our authentic selves. Who cares what people think when you dance down the street? Or when you’re 35 and you’re jumping in puddles for the sheer fun of it? Who cares if you’re an adult skipping around the park instead of running? (Skipping by the way is the quickest way I know to get happy – it’s impossible to skip around and not get deliriously happy and giggly).

Often the things, the people, the places that make us deliriously happy, connect us back into who we really are.

What are you going to do today to connect back into Joy and back into your authentic self?

A Queen is Wise Marianne Williamson Dana Atkin Kinesiology

The power of words

Funny how a word can be ‘everyday’ or perceived as mundane until we look at it, hear it, really feel it and then suddenly it takes on a life of its own.

Words have always been a passion of mine. I used to keep a little notebook of words I loved the feeling of.

  • Audacity
  • Gumption
  • Eloquence
  • Radiance

These were among the many, many words I collated.

2014 brought some words to me that now mean more to me, more intensely, more intimately. They include:

  • Family
  • Tradition
  • Marriage
  • Husband
  • Wife
  • Sparkles

It probably sums up 2014 well and yet it doesn’t even begin to express it fully either. It was big in so very many ways.

As part of stepping into the new year, I have been looking for a word (or few) to sit with my chosen focus and intention for 2015, Fun.

Many words are floating in and around that word but at the core of each is Fun. I want this year to be fun in all areas of life.

In my focus for this, I know that part of enjoying my year is also about learning even more about myself. One item that has suddenly come to me is Words. If I LOVE words, then

  • Why am I not using them?
  • Why am I not writing the rest of this book I’m writing?
  • Why do I hold back my words when they need to be said (for everyone’s benefit, not just mine)?

And then this came across my path today:

“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

Cue tears of resonance!

Needless to say, the word ‘Words’ is now sitting pretty next to my Fun. I intend to infuse fun into 2015 and I intend to speak my words as they arise, more freely, more openly.

And just for good measure, I’ve started a 2015 playlist of tunes to help remind me often of my intentions, for a little fun, some reminders to get into action mode and some to remind me of who I really am. Here’s a pic of what I have so far of this playlist. It includes some obvious ones, also includes a couple for pure fun (i.e.; Jukebox in Siberia):

2015 Spotify Dana Atkin Fun and Words plus
Next on my list is a 2015 Intention Movie – watch this space…