We all have a number of roles we take on in life. When we are clear about who we are, our roles become less like disguises and more like opportunities to shine. When we have a solid connection with ourselves, it’s easier to see and understand ourselves through the ups and downs in life. When we honour our truth, regardless of what is before us, we get rewarded with a sense of inner peace and alignment.
Sometimes we may drift away from ourselves, maybe we put on so many masks or perhaps life served up more than we could handle and the pressure severed the connection we had with ourselves. When we come back to our foundation, we begin to mend the cracks that disconnect us from our essence.
Here are 3 powerful questions to remember my essence should you find yourself at odds with yourself.
- Who Am I?
When we ask ourselves: “Who Am I? “, it can initially feel like a heavy question. Without thinking, we might immediately start naming off our many roles – I am a mum or dad, sister, brother, wife, husband, teacher, etc. But if we look underneath the question, we can get to the heart of it by naming our essence. Our essence is the feeling we receive when we are deeply connected to our truth. It might feel like love, or peace or joy – or whatever word feels right to you. When we name our essence, we give it power. We expand our essence by connecting to who we are and showing up in our truth in all of our roles.
- How do I want to feel?
Knowing how we want to feel is extremely important. If we don’t know how we want to feel, but we are hyper-focused on why we don’t feel great, we will loop around the same cycle without an end in sight. A quick way to stop this cycle is to pause and simply ask yourself: “How do I want to feel?” This simple, yet powerful question will give you valuable insight.
You can ask yourself questions like: What makes me happy? What do I want?
Give yourself lots of space to answer the questions for yourself. Knowing how we want to feel helps us move forward in a way that’s aligned with our personal definition of happiness.
- Am I in alignment?
When we know who we are and we have an idea of how we want to feel, the next question to ask is: “Am I in alignment?” Does who I am and how I want to feel, mirror how I am being? Am I showing up in alignment in my role right now? If the answer is yes, then connect deeper to that. If the answer is no, then look at what you can do to bring more of your essence and desired feeling into your interactions and roles. Sometimes it might mean setting healthy boundaries and saying no. Other times it might mean offering ourselves more love and compassion. It could be we need to be more compassionate and loving in our roles.
Asking ourselves the questions gives us insight and information we need to move forward. But in order to be in alignment, we must put all of our answers into action through honouring ourselves in all of our roles. By staying in alignment with who we are, no matter how uncomfortable it may initially feel.