Privilege of a Lifetime
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
― C.G. Jung
We live in a fast-paced world where distractions abound and opportunities to overcommit are endless. Under the pressure to keep up and balance more, it can be easy to lose or never fully know yourself. Try setting aside some time to turn the lens inward and check on whether you’re living in accordance with your values, goals, strengths, and weaknesses. You may be surprised by what you find.
Here we have put together resources to inspire authentic living.
- The sum of many parts. James Baldwin wrote: “I am what time, circumstances, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also much more than that. So are we all.” In the article “Do You Know Your True Face”, Lama Rod Owen encourages readers to practice radical presence by increasing awareness of the many identities that make up a whole person.
- Ditch the filter. In “How to Become Your Most Authentic Self”, Soul Cycle founder and fitness guru Stacey Griffith shares how her experience of getting real with herself – flaws and all – transformed her life and brought greater success.
- Know thy storyteller. In the current era of “fake news” it has become harder to discern fact from fiction. In her piece “The Essential Role of Storytelling in the Search for Truth” Professor Lise Saffran makes the case for journalists to infuse their stories with personal connection, arguing that the most compelling information is found at the intersection of authenticity and credibility.
Following your inner compass. Kira M. Newman from the Greater Good Science Center discusses recent research linking mindfulness practice with authentic living, in her article “Can Mindfulness Help You Be More Authentic.” Turns out that the more we’re in tune with our thoughts, the more likely we are to act in alignment with our values and beliefs.