Chapter 2: Cultivating Authenticity

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. It means cultivating the courage to be imperfect and vulnerable, exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle, and nurturing the sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.

Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives. It’s not an easy choice to make—it’s the hardest battle you will ever fight in your life—but it’s well worth it.

Actions to take