There is much talk of authenticity. One of the definitions that resonates with us is a "non-verbal sense of well-being"—of being fully alive in one’s own skin. Authenticity is the experience of inner personal freedom-- unbound by our idealized self-images.
What keeps us from our authenticity? For many of us the separation from ourselves began in infancy and childhood where we were met with external frustrations and disappointments. To survive we adapted—cognitively, emotionally, physically, and energetically. We internalized, came up with explanations, and contorted our bodies and movements. We became whomever we needed to be to feel safe, accepted, loved—even if that meant self-alienation from whom we really are.