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  • Writer's pictureHaresh Manglani

Being Authentic

We live in a world at the moment where there seems to be so much information coming through about how to be, who to be, when to be, why to be…that it is difficult to understand and be who we are without feeling influenced and boxed in by the countless ideas on how to be perfect or getting it right.

And all we strive is to be authentic. Because that brings us that joy and acceptance we seek within ourselves.

Being authentic, to me, is when we allow ourselves to align with our inner connection, and accept and be at ease with who we are, gifts and all, warts and all, moods and all, without needing to prove or qualify ourselves.

Yet, with that free will to be so, comes the responsibility to come from our hearts. Our emotions can be swayed, our thoughts can change, however, our hearts are where we grow and evolve in our true self awareness. And every time we come from our hearts, the energy supports us.

And in that open heartedness we are inclusive and considerate to those around us. We accept we are a significant part of a whole, and everyone has an equally significant place in that whole, whether they are known or unknown to us.

One of the ways I like to practice being authentic, is to connect to my heart chakra, breathe into that connection, and stay aligned with that connection for around 10 minutes, at the start of each day.

So I start by finding a comfortable space to sit where I will not be disturbed. I can sit on a chair or cross legged on a mat. If sitting on a chair, I keep my legs and arms uncrossed as that allows me to feel the energy flow freely.

Once I have sat comfortably, I focus on taking a few deep breaths. As I breathe, I imagine releasing any tension in my body. I let go of any nagging thoughts. I feel myself settle and align, bringing all of my awareness to where I am seated.

I then imagine I am in a bubble of white light, surrounded by a blue flame. I know my energy is sealed, and only that which is for my highest good may enter. This allows me to protect myself and take responsibility for my energy so others are not harmed by it.

I bring the focus of my awareness to my heart chakra, which can be felt in the center of my chest. It is where I feel the “I” presence, which is connected to all of me. If I have any trouble feeling it, I put my left palm on the center of my chest and that helps me focus my awareness on my heart chakra more easily.

As I do so, I feel it fully and gently breathe into it. I feel what it feels like, making myself familiar with it. And I continue breathing, holding that focus.

I can do this for up to 20 minutes. However, it is not about the time spent. It is about the connection. So I can start with sitting for a few minutes each day and ease into sitting for longer periods over time as I enjoy the connection. There is no right amount of time. There is only the connection.

I have found from experience that by doing this daily I am more at ease and relaxed with who I am. I begin to see more of myself. Journaling my observations of how I shift and change by this one exercise alone, even for a month, can bring fresh insights and new energy into a more open hearted connection with myself and others.

This is one way I have found it easier to be authentic.

Haresh Manglani is a Mentor and Energy Healer. He works together with his clients to build their self-acceptance and confidence in the areas of Self, Value, Relationships and Purpose. Visit to learn more.


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