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Bayview Beach. Photo by Rachel Andrews

Authenticity often seems out of reach.  There is an opening, though.  Now, tomorrow, and for the next few years, the layers of social morés are being stripped away.

I’m preparing notes to teach a new class on expression, and was brainstorming in my head on what focus to take.  The word decision came to mind immediately.  Of the countless decisions we make daily, how many are based on personal preference?  When we are at work, we use company guidelines. At the clothing store, we chose the appropriate clothing to fit a dress code, conform to age appropriateness, conceal body-image issues, etc.  We eat what we think we should for health reasons, because a commercial tells us to, because there’s a drive-through and we only have thirty minutes for lunch, or because our kids will only eat certain foods. It’s no wonder that people have no clue what they want, they never even get a chance to practice on small things.

We can start from scratch with this to develop a sense of communion with our spirit. By making small decisions like what to eat for lunch, or which socks to wear with a particular outfit based on what lights your soul, instead of default mental programming.  In doing so, we’ll begin to feel a connection to life again.  Passion and enthusiasm come from identifying and expressing true desires, and authenticity emerges out of these occurrences.