“This Above All: To Thine Own Self Be True”
~ William Shakespeare
Ah Shakespeare! We have all heard this before. But if we really took these words to heart, how would we live?
Have you ever thought about what your true, most heart-felt values are in your life? Give yourself some quiet, private time to tune into yourself and get in touch with them. Make a list. What has deep meaning for you? What is very important, even sacred to you? What do you value most in life? What do you live by? What values of yours reflect who you are as a human being… a spiritual being?
Now look at your life… and how you live it day by day. Where in your life are your values honored, by yourself and others? Where may they be compromised?
A good way to discover your values is to be aware of how you really feel… to check in with your thoughts, emotions and body. Does your body feel relaxed, open, expansive? Or tight, tense and contracted? Are there uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that are pushed away and ignored? Or is there a feeling of peace and contentment?
This is a great way to discern whether we are being true to ourselves and honoring our values in any given situation, circumstance, or with any person. It helps us create healthy boundaries and make choices that are aligned with our true nature and well-being.
What would it feel like to really honor your values, feelings, and desires every day of your life? What would change for you? How might this give you deeper satisfaction, fulfillment, and a more authentic life experience?
Now, with this insight and self-reflection… what new possibilities, choices, and well-being will you create in your life?
“There Is Only One Success:
To Be Able To Live Your Life In Your Own Way”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“Our values represent our unique and individual essence, our ultimate and most fulfilling form of expressing and relating. Our values are who we are. They serve as a compass pointing out what it means to be true to oneself.”
~ Co-Active Coaching… Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, & Phillip Sandahl