There's a lot to be said for standing in your own truth. But before we get to that, let's get a definition going. What exactly does it look like when we stand in our own truth and what does it mean? Simply put, it's self-awareness and a strong sense of self. Standing in your own truth has everything to do with being the you that you are when no one is looking. Owning and acknowledging your feelings is also a huge part of standing in your truth. Standing in your truth does not involve conforming to how someone else thinks you should feel or denying yourself the ability to have certain emotions. It does not call for you to take up less space or spare others at the expense of your own divine energy.
Anything that is worth having almost always comes with a few challenges. The biggest challenge with standing in our truth is our subconscious. If we're alive, we're thinking. The subconscious never shuts off. It's constantly processing information, sights, sounds, smells, memories, and much more.
It is natural and human to want to be accepted and liked. Unfortunately this drive to be accepted pulls us away from living our truth and encourages us to wear the mask. As time goes on, as we meet more people and create more connections, we tend to create and collect false narratives about who we are. Then we try to fit ourselves into these characters. This only negates our true and authentic selves.
We are unconsciously doing things to protect ourselves and cover up the things that we are uncomfortable with all the time. We don't want to be seen as vulnerable or disagreeable, so we repeat these stories so much that we almost believe them. But deep down, there is a fear that you won't like what you find buried under your contrived stories very much. A typical and understandable reaction.
But getting to know yourself and becoming familiar with the true you is a very freeing experience. When you are taking steps towards living in your truth, try not to see it as an opportunity to change yourself. Even if there are some things that you would like to work on, the goal here is to become confident in who you are in this very moment. Change and growth is a guarantee when living a human existence. And this confidence and acceptance of the now do not mean that you have to stay as you are.
As you begin the work of self-acceptance and become more and more self-aware, you may find that you are better equipped for handling adversity and the curve balls life throws your way. The stronger your sense of self, the more rooted you are in your reality and your emotions. You are more confident in your ability to both rebound and communicate with yourself and others.
Another side effect of standing in your truth is that you are less affected by what others think or say about you. There is no time for seeking the approval of others, so you are free to do what honors you. You know what is for you and what isn't and you won't lament the loss of things that are counterproductive to your true goals and don't align with who you truly are.
When you stand in your truth you don't feel guilty for putting yourself first and taking time to care for your emotional, physical, and spiritual self. Making decisions and creating boundaries tends to become easier also. You can look forward to becoming more in tune with your well-being.
Standing in your truth has everything to do with coming into your own power, accepting all the things that make you you, and gaining personal freedom. It's a popular phrase that is often thrown around, but when you know what it really means and why it benefits you, you may be more encouraged to embark on a journey of self-discovery. This never-ending quest isn't always easy or fun, but the breakthroughs are beyond gratifying.