To be authentic is, I guess, the best challenge in someone’s life. It’s not so easy to express yourself honestly. But it’s worth it, for you and for the world.
To do so, (in fact we can say when you are authentic you never do, you only be, and all the things you do is only a consequence of who you truly are), I have some great sources (Podcasts, blogs, books etc.)
I share with you some of them:
OutlierMagazine.co : It’s a great podcast about people (most of them are entrepreneurs) who decided to realize their dream, sometimes despite their fear, their doubts etc. They talk about their path, the choices they made, what they achieve professionally and personally. With each interview you have a takeaway. Even if you don’t like podcast, you can read the itws ;)
I recommend you the very inspiring interview of Ray Buttars: “Find permission to live”
Because, if you want to be authentic, you cannot content yourself reading/listening to/watching mainstream media, trends and so on. You have to admit that your vision, like life itself, is constantly evolving, and your education and mainstream media cannot lead you to freedom. You must have other kind of information, this is why I personally recommend Collectiv Evolution, and the Mind Unleashed
I recommend CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses , 10 Movies That Could Change Your Understanding Of Life And Music is Medicine and More Effective Than Drugs at Managing Pain
Seth Godin sends you daily (very) short blog posts about personal thoughts and tips on life and work:
I recommend you his (for today) last post about empathy: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/08/empathy.html
“… if you want to know why someone does what they do, start with what they know, what they believe and where they came from…”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, was …. well I don’t know how to qualify him (is it useful), I would say he is the most authentic person I know (ok I don’t know him personally and he past away).
Watch this video below (with french subtitles) and if you want to know more about him, a lot of books were publish based on his public talks.
I recommend you the book “Commentaries on Living”
“Sorrow has to be understood and not ignored. To ignore it is to give continuity to suffering; to ignore it is to escape from suffering. To understand suffering needs an operational, experimental approach. To experiment is not to seek a definite result. If you seek a definite result, experiment is not possible. If you know what you want, the going after it is not experimentation. If you seek to get over suffering, which is to condemn it, then you do not understand its whole process; when you try to overcome suffering, your only concern is to avoid it. To understand suffering, there must be no positive action of the mind to justify or to overcome it: the mind must be entirely passive, silently watchful, so that it can follow without hesitation the unfolding of sorrow. Mind cannot follow the story of sorrow if it is tethered to any hope, conclusion or remembrance. To follow the swift movement of what is, the mind must be free; freedom is not to be had at the end, it must be there at the very beginning. ``What is the meaning of all this sorrow?’’
Because to be able to understand this world and to take action you need a balance between the right information and silence, you need to meditate and there are a lot of ways to meditate : walk (just walk, without thinking, just observing what’s surrounding you), observe your thoughts or your breath, etc…
The key in meditation is observation. And you can say you don’t have time to meditate, but maybe you can consider meditation like an activity and you need to schedule in your todo list. That’s ok. You can meditate everywhere, so personally, I meditate everyday when I lay down on my bed, and finally I fall asleep and that’s ok :) Give it a try!
Of course, sometime I am too exhausted and I simply sleep and that’s fine, it’s not a competition and you don’t do it for anyone else but you. And remember, you need both, silence and information.
Too much information without practice is useless and it’ll increase thoughts in your brain and finally you won’t find balance and authenticity.
In the end of your life, when you’ll look back to see what happened, you’ll realize that the choices you made were the expression of who you were at this moment, and you won’t have regrets because you’ll understand that people (and you) do what they do along their understanding of the moment.
Understanding this fact, leads you to see life in a better way.
You’ll become wiser. You’ll be authentic. You’ll be your own master and your own student.