What do you mean by ‘truth’?

Image: Maria Stiehler

I’ve always wrestled with this one. I hear it all the time, and it sounds so noble and good, “Live your truth” (a good friend of mine even wrote a book about it), but before recently, it’s just never clicked for me.

It’s always seemed like a place-filler word that people throw in when they aren’t quite sure what to say...

Well, that’s just his truth. It’s like they’re saying, I’m not sure why he did that, but here’s a way to make it sound alright.”

So I’m a bit befuddled by this word… Truth.

But I think I’m starting to inch my way towards this one. See, up until this point, I’ve been looking at ‘truth’ objectively, like they teach us in school.

But from what I’m gathering lately, truth isn’t so much a true/false, right/wrong thing.

Your truth is alignment with yourself.

You live your truth when your thoughts, words, and actions are fully aligned.

Now, your truth is probably different than mine. It’s not an objective thing. But it’s something we both can feel at the core of our being in the moment.

We know exactly when we’re out of alignment with it. Like the horrid ‘rerouting’ voice on your GPS, it’s that wretched feeling you can’t stand — like, ugh, I’m headed in the wrong direction again. Now I gotta find my way back.

But when you’re lined up and flying down the blue line, you can just gun it knowing you’re headed in the right direction.

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