I began thinking about The Authentic Self (TAS) in the years that followed the publication of my dissertation on the concept of self-sustainability. For me, embodying my Authentic Self is another layer and an integral component for a balanced, sustainable existence. This does not mean that I am always able to fully embody my authentic self or that I have completely uncovered what this means for me.
What is the self?
What does it mean to be authentic?
What does this have to do with [self]sustainability?
Can I be authentic while also being kind, respectful, and compassionate toward other people, even those whose energy or behavior patterns are toxic for me and/or tend to shut down my inner voice?