Authenticity and Tension

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Are you dealing with constant tension in your body? … Have you considered that you might be living out of alignment with who you truly are. Could you be living an inauthentic life?

These are powerful questions that came up as I was revisiting John J. Prendergast’s book: In TouchΒ How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. (Highly recommended for seekers, meditators and yogis)

Our body is a powerful teacher about how we live our lives. It stores trauma and joy and everything in between. When we tune into the sensations in our body we can begin to not only release the tension but become more open, authentic and true to ourselves.

“Tension is inevitable when we live a lie and try to appear different from how we actually are. We don’t want to appear vulnerable or needy. We don’t trust that we are fundamentally enough as we are, even with our struggles and shortcomings.

We compensate outwardly by trying to do things that will prove our value to others. We also edit our self image as we describe our life to ourselves and others – the image maintenance project.

Often, this habit becomes so automatic that we are unaware of it. We unknowingly adopt a mask and mistake it for our real face, assuming that our chronically tense and armored body is natural. It is normal, but it isn’t natural.”

Natural is about feeling in balance, nourished and connected to ourselves.

25 thoughts on “Authenticity and Tension

  1. I remember when I was a child, living in the most untenable circumstances … and I did somatize the anger and fear and violence … and I did exhibit strange symptoms which sent me to the doctor in search of help. And the catchphrase back then was ‘it’s nothing. Just psychosomatic.’ And they dismissed all of it. But you and I both know how interrelated psyche and soma are! What a blessed relief to come to a stage in life where I can validate my own Being and take care to live within my own frequency amidst all this collective fear, these days. Being in the body. Caring for this precious physical gift. Good post, Val. Aloha.

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