By Bronwyn Ison

While contemplating my topic for this week I pondered should I share a confession with my readers.  Naturally, I thought it would be cogent if I tell you the good news.  Without a doubt you have been confronted one time in your life, “Who are you?”  What a loaded question.  Do you recall your response?

Perhaps it has been a while since asked, “Who you are?”  You may feel inclined to share about profession.  You may retort, “I am a school teacher,” “I am a doctor,” “I work in sales.”  These answers do not describe who you are but rather what you do each day.

Identifying your true self will reap a myriad of lifetime benefits.  Our professions may describe and lend an idea to others about what we enjoy doing in life but it may be far from who we really are each day. Plus, if you are in a profession that you do not particularly care for, it may be the furthest thing from your identity

Remaining authentic is challenging for most people.  It is a work in progress and it requires you to remove layers and masks you may be portraying.  Often times our hardships in life can be revealing.  If you have experienced a death, divorce, heartbreak or some other life-changing event you have showed your true colors. How did you handle yourself?  We have a choice to remain in fear or move forward with courage and strength.

Another reflection of who we are is the company you choose to keep in your life.  Choose your friends and mate wisely.  Fortunately, I have experienced several valuable lessons.  Most of my lessons have resulted in hurt feelings, tears, not understanding the moment but I can confidently attest, I wouldn’t alter any of my experiences.  The pain has truly been my gain.

Keep in mind, your past is not who you are today.  Your past may be a part of your story but you don’t’ have to relive it everyday.  Thankfully, I received the gift of  moving forward without guilt and beginning anew.  I am not encumbered by unnecessary baggage that debilitates me.

Take for instance your personal relationships.  You may want to contemplate a self-evaluation.   Do you choose toxic friendships and lovers?  Who you attempt to marry or befriend may reveal a lot of who you are as a person.  If you find yourself attracted to a particular personality, there may be a pattern to your choices.  If your results mirror your previous experience and you’re unsuccessful, clearly it is time to affect a change.  In other words, get out of your own way.

While I have more to confess, I will gladly share additional insight in future articles. Commence the journey of working on yourself.  It is the greatest gift you can bestow to self.

Bronwyn Ison is the Owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA