To thrive in our current environment of fast and constant change, aggressive challenges and hard lessons we have to be all that we have within us to be. We have to know how to relate to others effectively and we have to know ourselves.
But what is our real self? What is the real you that lurks behind the mask you have developed during your lifetime?
We all become adepts at adapting our behaviour to fit our current circumstances – we put on a mask. Be this mask one of cruelty or kindness, happiness or depression, generosity or selfishness, it is an illusion.
Our masks are often donned for good reason, indeed their occasional use is appropriate in much the same way as we wear different clothes for different events but, when these masks become stuck, they cause stress, unhappiness and discontent.
We are conditioned from our early years to conceal our true feelings. Men are told to be tough so they hide behind a mask of anger when they feel hurt. Women are supposed to be nice and so disappear behind a mask of hurt when they need to express anger or indignation.
What does this concealment of the real you cost?
To know ourselves, to be authentic and to achieve a way of living and being that allows us to reveal our true selves – we must learn to live without our masks.
I am at a point where I believe that the only way to achieve wellness of mind, body, spirit and soul is to allow the deepest truths within us to come out. This takes courage.