AUTHENTICITY- Living From The Heart
- December 23, 2021
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Authenticity – Living From The Heart.
In a world full of seven billion people, who am I? Who are you? What is your life’s purpose? What is living from the heart? These questions require deep introspection for some, for others it brings flooding answers to their minds.
So I asked google what is ‘to live from the heart’?
Google’s answer was:
To live from the heart means to live listening to what makes us feel good, vitalized, energized, balanced, rejuvenated and healthy, both physically and emotionally. It means surrounding ourselves with people who nourish our souls, build us up, and make us want to be the best we can be. But did you know you cannot achieve living from the heart if you do not live authentically?
My husband’s mother’s passed on in September 2021. At the funeral, my husband was given a few minutes to say something. Now in the funeral, there was a white elephant a subject no one dared touch. All the relatives knew about it. We all knew about it, people were speaking to each other about it in hush tones but no one dared speak about it. My husband was the last one to speak. And the gentlest way, humble way, sensitive way, and with the most respect and being very truthful to himself, he talked about the white elephant! I couldn’t believe it. It was like walls of tension, pain, disappointments, resentments all broke down to the floor! The atmosphere changed and became so beautiful and warm; just how my mother-in-law would have loved her funeral to be. As we came out of the church going to the graveyard people came to me expressing what an extraordinary thing my husband had done. His eldest brother told what a wonderful thing my husband had done. Another brother Inlaw told me, ‘your husband has changed’! And I described my husband as best as I could and told him, my husband talks from his heart, he lives from his heart, he is authentic. And my brother Inlaw told me “wow!! I would like to live like that”. He said that with such admiration.
The concept of authenticity to psychologists simply means embracing who you are, at your very core, and acting following your values and beliefs. Authenticity is a subjective judgment we hold against ourselves and only we know when we are being authentic or not.
When do we come closer to who we are? Is it when we’re alone and no one is watching us? We are authentic if we remain in the same disposition no matter where we go.