I love words. They are so loaded with meaning and grace. When I teach I use words to try to help students really feel what they are doing. Here is a list of my favourite to live your life by;
Sincerity: Being awake, not holding back, being authentic. Sincerity comes from the renaissance word meaning ‘without wax’. Back in the day when you could buy a block of marble if the marble was cracked some traders would fill the gap with wax. If you were sincere then, you were without wax. You presented the marble as it was without covering the blemishes up. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see ourselves like this. Not trying to hide any cracks or covering ourselves over. I read a nice saying ‘our cracks are just places to let in more light’. Don’t worry about your flaws, be sincere.
Authentic: True, honest. It comes from the Greek meaning of the word ‘by the mark of our hands’. My interpretation of this is that we are born with lines on our hand and this is the state of our true nature, our innate beings. A lot of us spend great energy trying to change what is intrinsic to us. We want to hide what is our true nature. Being authentic means being true to yourself and your values. It takes courage to be authentic because we can get rejected.
Courage: To do something that you know is right even though it frightens you. It comes from the Latin word Cor which means ‘Heart’. There is no courage or bravery in this world without love. Courage is not the absence of fear but feeling your fear and doing it anyway. It is a place to grow from
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin
Integrity: One meaning is the quality of being whole, undivided or complete. This Latin word stems from the word Integer, which means whole, complete, soundness. Sometimes we look for things in this world to complete us, make us whole but really what we need is already inside of us. Anything or anyone you long for is not going to complete you, you already are. Call off the search.
Equanimity: From the Latin words Equal and animus, it means equal in mind and spirit. When we are in this state of balance we are not too easily swayed. We accept the good and bad in our lives equally without being too attached to the comings and goings of either. Equanimity is the art of meeting life calmly as it meets you.
Practice for today: Choose one of the words that resonates with you today and see how you can apply it to your everyday life. Each day we wake up is a miracle, we get to practice life. Enjoy