Knowing Yourself

‘When you know who you truly are, there is an abiding alive sense of peace. You could call it joy because that’s what joy is: vibrantly alive peace. It is the joy of knowing yourself as the very life essence before life takes on form. That is the joy of Being — of being who you truly are.’ – Eckhart Tolle


Getting to know yourself is a journey.

Who you are changes throughout your life.

Your values alter.

You shift and transform.

But who are we?

When we get lost, as we so often do … how do we find our way back?

Someone once gave me this view.

He said the mainstream thought is “We are a body with a soul.”

He thought this was the other way round that “We are a soul within a physical body” – having a physical experience.

I pondered this for a while, quite a while.

Eventually I began to come around to his thinking.

Because how else could I describe the absolute joy and freedom I found at being outdoors. The wind in my hair, all of nature buzzing and burgeoning around me.

Those huge surges of love and happiness when I looked into my Husband’s eyes or seeing my young Nieces excited at Christmas or birthdays.

The emotion I felt the weekend my Father died. Not knowing whether to laugh with him whilst he was here or cry because I knew he was leaving me forever.

The smile that washes over my whole body when I see our cat basking in the sunshine.

All that could not be made up by a human mind. Surely?

Since my ‘awakening’ I have wanted to feel more fully.

To not just leap in to experience after experience for the sake of it.

To allow each moment  to be what it may –  to slow myself and and know me, shadows and all.

Because we all have them.

I have made friends with myself…warts and all. And it feels good.

How do I do it?

I took some time out to enjoy my company again. To begin to express myself in my own unique way.

I was honest with myself about what I truly liked and enjoyed instead of looking at what I thought I enjoyed – which was generally someones else’s opinion.

Sometimes I didn’t like me. But instead of shying from those feelings, I faced them.

Asked myself why this was so.

It was tough on occasion and still is.

It never ends this beautiful, joyous journey of self-discovery.

And I love it.

Ask yourself the tough questions this week. Some of the things you’ve been avoiding.

You may find a happier you at the end of that road.

Yours authentically


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2 thoughts on “Knowing Yourself

  1. Well done, Emma, you are so right, to live and be authentic is as joyous as you describe it. You are on the right path, the only path to enhance your true quality of life.


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