Try Living Authentically Now

The process of living authentically that I describe has 8 stages. The following is to give you a quick glimpse of what the process is like. This is just for something light. In the book you can delve deeper if you want to. You can take the process as deep as you like (but please make sure you have adequate support if you want to tackle what are core issues for you).

1. At Rest
Just take a few moments to tune into your breathing.
More detail on this stage is given in this post.

2. Becoming Aware
Notice that you don’t stay in this state of rest but become aware of something. It may be an external sight or sound or an internal sensation.

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

3. Surveying
As you become aware of something you will try and locate it in the bigger picture (you may turn toward the sight or sound – to locate it more exactly – or you may try to be more precise about where the internal sensation is in your body or what quality of sensation it has).

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

4. What Captures Your Interest
As you become aware you will find that your interest becomes more focused. You become interested in this particular thing (it may be the particular colour of a flower, the tune in a piece of music, or the emptiness in your stomach and so on).

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

5. Initial Engagement
Once you have zeroed in on what captures your attention you naturally move to wanting to relate to it. You might move the flower or move around it, you might tap your foot to the music, you might ask your stomach what it wants in particular.

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

6. Interaction
After the initial engagement you move on to a more active engagement. You might handle the flower, or try to get a clear sense of the tune in the music, or you might eat or drink what your stomach desires.

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

7. Saying Goodbye
The interaction is followed by finishing. We have had enough of this experience and it is time to say ‘goodbye’ to it. We may come to some conclusions about how satisfactory or unsatisfactory the experience has been. We are happy to move on from the flower or may want to look up its botanical name, we may have enjoyed the music or found it trite, we may have been satisfied by what we took in or feel not quite satisfied.

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

8. Learning and Growing
Finally we are changed in some way by our experience. We have learned something about our situation or ourselves and have grown (perhaps a little, perhaps a lot) as a result. We may have discovered a new type of flower, learned a little about tunes and grown a little as the result of the food we ate or drink we drank.

More detail on this stage is given in this post.

This is just a small and simple example focused on small physical things. This process applies to our experience whether big or small and applies not just to our physical experience but to our emotional, intellectual and spiritual lives as well. It also applies to our relationships.

I hope this has given you a small taste of what it feels like to live authentically.  If you feel that you would like to live more authentically the Living Authentically book will explain and guide you through each stage with tons of practical exercises that you can do.  To purchase it simply click on the “buy” button below the graphic of the cover.

 
Living Authentically is your guide to a life of less stress and more joy.