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Loving our Dark Side

Loving our Dark Side

Hello Warriors,

Today I want to talk about our dark sides. You know what I'm talking about, that side of you that you try to hide, pretend it's not there, don't dare show to other people. Ring any bells? This can run the gamut from hiding a bad habit or a specific part of our personality to repressing a traumatic past or an addiction we're struggling with, maybe ways we've hurt others. Either way, the issue here is that we refuse to put our guard down, allowing others to see us for who we truly are and sometimes, we actually hide these parts of ourselves so well that we don't even see them ourselves. 

So, why is this a bad thing? We all hide things from people and show them only the parts that we choose, right? While I think many people do this to some extent, the shame in hiding part of yourself is the message behind it. What you're telling yourself while hiding is that your entire being isn't worthy enough to be accepted or loved by others. The bigger meaning underlying hiding our dark side is the problem here. It ends up leading to shame and a cycle of lying to others and ourselves.

Finding Your Authenticity

Finding Your Authenticity

Hello Beautiful Friends,

Today, I want to talk to you all about the name of my blog and why it's called The Authentic Yogini. When I was coming up with a name for it, I thought through several options and kept landing on this word - authentic. Through my writing, teaching yoga, and sharing parts of my life, my hope is that I'm able to be an example of what being your true, authentic self looks like. Even though this is the goal, being authentic has been a grand journey and is an ongoing process. I wasn't able to show myself in this way over night, and the truth is, I'm still learning who my true self even is. I touched on this in my last post about setting intentions for 2018, and working on finding my true self in order to help with being authentic made the list. So, to keep with this promise I made to myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on what this means for me right now and how I'm working to grow and learn about myself. If this is also a goal of yours, maybe it made your New Year's resolutions list, hopefully it'll be helpful in you finding your true self, as well.