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Just Be Yourself

We have been told so many times to “Just be Yourself” that we have lost count of it, without even realising why we were being told that! How many of us really are our true original selves in real life. We play so many roles in this delusional world — son-daughter, mother-father, boss-employee, friend-enemy, lover-hater, and so on that we completely lose sight of who we truly are!

In the quest for answers, I’ve found that it is very much possible to just be yourself. The person who is a jerk to others and the person who is afraid of social situations are, in actuality, not being themselves. Their real self is just being covered up with conditioned, fear-based thinking.

Our true self is who we really are when we let go of all of the stories, labels, and judgments that we have placed upon ourselves. It is who we naturally are without the masks and pretentiousness. It is who we really are when we let fall to the floor the cloak of other people’s stuff that we have taken on.

Everything else that we claim to be when we say, “This is who I am!” is only a story. For us to get in touch who we really are — we need to become a child — Swamiji keeps telling us, “Become children”, what he is really saying is to become as innocent as a little child — once we do that, we will be rid of all the layers we have pulled over our consciousness to live in this wild world. We play roles to fit into society and we suppress our true nature out of fear of what people may think!

We need to live with more awareness — once we do that, we will be shocked at the number of negative thoughts that run through our mind on any given day. Become more aware of the quality of our thoughts by just observing the mind. Thoughts will come and go, just watch them like we are watching a movie, without getting attached to any single thought. When we are done watching, continue observing the mind for the rest of the day.

We have so many unconscious beliefs that we have taken on over the years that were probably handed down to us from somebody else, and that we believed to be who we are. Becoming more aware of the quality of our thoughts, letting go of the old beliefs, and becoming more present can help in revealing our true nature.

We are all so much more than those old negative thinking patterns would ever allow us to believe. We need to learn to follow our intuition, our inner voice, which we have hammered into silence over the years. Our inner voice really lets us be who we actually are.

When we let go of the old way of thinking, following our own bliss, and doing what we love, we begin to align with happiness and peace. These are all indicators that we are connected with our true nature. We then allow our real self to shine forth in all glory.

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Girish Borkar

Girish Borkar

Spirituality ... meditation ... insights ... inner peace ... the journey continues... love and gratitude