Your Authentic Self

One of the perks of working in the behavioral health field is that the trainings that we are offered and sometimes required to complete do not only help us on the job, they also help us in life. For example, during a weekly mandatory staff meeting today, our supervisor presented some notes and concepts about realizing our Authentic Self that she had picked up from a conference that she attended. Apparently, we are at 100% of our Authentic Self when we are born and it goes from there. Next we will be talking about how trauma affects the authentic self.

We were asked the following two questions:

1. What do you want more than anything else?

–          She had us right this “one thing” down. Then we had to ask ourselves the following question:

2. What would it bring you?

–            This referred to a specific trait it would bring to our lives, not material things.

We were not asked to share our answers to question one unless we wanted to – and no one did – but she did ask for us to share our answers to question two. For me, if I had that one thing it would bring me peace, joy, happiness, and purpose. Some other answers people gave were the ones I provided as well as self-fulfillment, inner-peace, and success. Another person said it would bring her headaches, tears, and lack of sleep in addition to joy and happiness. Someone’s trying to get prego, I think.

Then, later today, I signed up for a voluntary training on Mindfulness and Integrated Health Care. I even get to bring my lunch to that one. Trainings can be boring and mundane but, as they say (and I say to my kids all the time), what you get out of something depends on what you put into it. If you go into a training with that attitude that you will be a more knowledgeable and more prepared person when you leave, chances are you will leave the training that way. There is always something to be learned in just about any situation. I’m not going to lie, I have to fight to keep my eyes open in some training sessions, especially the trainings that are required on topics that I am already familiar with. In those cases, I like to come prepared with candy. Yes, candy. It works.

Today, I am going to put my energy and attention into the training I attend later today. I am going to learn a lot about mindfulness and how to be more mindful in my own everyday life. In addition, with my new knowledge on mindfulness, I will be able to help others do the same in my own practice.


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