Who Am I Really?
Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? Who were you before your parents, religion, schools, and community told you who you are? Throughout the history of mankind the subject of identity has been explored by our poets, philosophers, and artists. Each of us trying to make sense of how we fit into this world.
Ask yourself ‘Who Am I?’ and now ask yourself ‘Who Am I… Really?’ When we ask ourselves inner reflection questions such as these; we should try to answer them without any judgment of what comes up or what doesn’t. We simply want to notice where are at in this moment. Use the following exercise as a starting point.
Take a look at your body. Notice the shape of it, the size of it, the age of it, and the gender. Is this who I Really Am? Am I my physical body?
Each of us has approximately 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts every single day. Maybe this is who I really am. Am I the thoughts that I have?
Or maybe I am who others see me to be. How would my family, my friends, and colleagues describe me? Am I who other people think I am?
Think about all that you have acquired in this lifetime. The house that you live in, the car that you drive, the treasures you’ve collected, and the money in your bank account. Am I the things that I own?
Notice all of the roles that you play on the planet. Being a mother or a father, sister or a brother, a husband, wife, or partner. Maybe you’re a volunteer, teacher, custodian, or an accountant. Am I the roles that I play in the world?
The discovery begins through the exploration of our true authentic self. If we strip back the themes of the reflection questions above, what are we left with in the asking of who am I really?
There is a risk of losing our identity if we believe that we are our things, our bodies, or our roles. If you identify yourself as a surgeon and that is your only reference into who you are; who would you be if you lost the use of your hands?
Sometimes we need to let go of who we think we really are so that the real us can step forward.
The answer to who you really are lies in your own inner exploration; not to be found in a blog post or told to you by a teacher or guru. You are the guru. Part of it is simply remembering, an inner wisdom that is already inside of you. Something that you know at your soul’s core. When you tap into this you will see just how powerful you really are. You will see your light and your interconnectedness to everything and everyone.
If you would like to go deeper in this work, join me on a three month coaching program as we discover who you really are and what you really want.
These blog articles are inspired by the themed yoga classes that I teach. Being a musician myself and a lover of music, I put together powerful playlists to support my students in their inner reflection. I invite you to have a listen to the samples below to support you in your own inner reflection. If you resonate with any of the songs, please purchase them and support these independent artists.
Sample the Playlist
Support the Artists (links to iTunes)
Guru Singh & Friends
Sirgun Kaur & Sat Darshan Singh
Yoga Music Collective
From the Silence
Jamtse – Love & Compassion
Smoke and Mirrors
The Music Within
I believe we need to move the music medicine around the planet to support the awakening that is unfolding within each of us. We need to support these beautiful artists so that they can continue producing music that will lift the vibration of the planet. Please share the blog and if you know of some really great songs/artists that need to be included in future playlists, connect with me. Love & Light my friends…
Shri Ananda is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, musician, and spiritual filmmaker creating music and stories to help us awaken to who we really are. Shri is a grounded and joyful yoga teacher who invites you to journey inward. His classes promote self-understanding, intuition, and transformation from the inside-out through mindful movement and breath work. Ananda is known for his themed ‘Gentle Spirit Yoga’ classes – combining gentle yoga with spiritual exploration through music . He is presently instructing at Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, British Columbia and hosts retreats around the world.