Authenticity is a nice buzzword to throw around in a world of botox injections and social media filters, an influencer culture of happy and perfect all the time know it alls, and the freedom to reject or destroy anyone who doesn’t fit into the teeny tiny box called “normal” - a box so small no one can actually fit inside it, and the ones who try the hardest are the most miserable of all. “Be real” we say. But what does that even mean? The realest people I’ve met are usually the weirdest. They can’t do normal, and they are often met with rejection and hostility from those who value normal. Normal and authentic are often opposing. Everyone’s out there trying so hard to be authentic, in a world that only pretends to value it, and in reality, kinda hates it when it shows up. Do we even know what it means to be authentic? It means integrated function. It means saying, thinking, feeling and doing the same thing, at the same moment. In yoga, we talk about body + mind + spirit as one, and our practice is about that oneness. That is integrated function. Your body, mind and spirit all on the same page, at the same time. That is also authenticity. If you are smiling and friendly and bubbly on the outside, and on the inside burning with resentment, or distraction, or fatigue, you are not experiencing integrated function. Therefore, you are not experiencing, nor expressing, authenticity. When what you say, what you think, what you feel, and what you do are all the same, you are. One. That’s what we are practicing on our mats. Not the perfect pose. Not unending bliss. Just meeting our whole body with our whole mind and whole spirit, with no room for anything else. But you might find it in your garden, or your kitchen, or your craft. It is easiest to find in those activities you love so much that you lose yourself in them. Unaware of time and distractions. Just you, doing you. When we experience those moments, our energetic vibration is at its highest, and most pure. The high vibration is what we seek. And authenticity is the highest vibration of all. It is the same as enlightenment. Where do you do you?
No cults, no gurus. Yoga is a philosophical system developed over thousands of years in the Indus valley that makes a lot of sense for creating a happier, more fulfilling life. Before choosing it as my go-to, I was raised in Christianity (Roman), studied and practiced Classical (Greek) thought, Zen (Japanese) and Tao (Chinese) and my ideas and opinions are derived from personal experience and those sources. Nut shell of it all: If you want to be happy, be kind, and serve.