How to “Live True” by Practicing A Habit of Daily Mindfulness
In her new book, “Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity”, Ora Nadrich guides the reader on the path to practicing daily mindfulness with insight and thought-provoking questions that will lead the reader to a better understanding of themselves. The book is designed as a practical guide with a chapter for each day of the month so that you can learn how to live try by practicing a habit of daily mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
I always find definitions really helpful. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines mindfulness as:
1: the quality or state of being mindful
2: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis
also: such a state of awareness
Ora’s book, “Live True”, is divided into 30 chapters with the intention of guiding you on a journey of mindfulness and authenticity for one month. I thought this was organized very well, and even if you aren’t an avid reader, each chapter is nice “bite-sized” piece for you to mull over for that day. I think everyone would actually gain more from the book by digesting the content in this way rather than reading the book in one sitting.
Mindfulness Is About Giving Yourself Grace
“When you practice Mindfulness, you are not a harsh critic, but instead a constructive advisor. That means you’re guiding or counseling yourself productively, and what you’re telling yourself is useful and constructive.” - Live True, pg. 180
In Live True, Nadrich shares:
- Why it’s important to stop the day’s busy-ness and allow for interludes of present moment awareness
- How focusing on your breath keeps you fully present
- Why asking the simple yet profound question, “Who am I?” leads you to self-discovery
- How to embark on a “raise your consciousness challenge”
- How one’s own awakening and a shift in consciousness leads to an awakening in others
About the Author
Ora Nadrich is the founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking. She is the author of “Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever” and “Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity”, a certified life coach, and mindfulness teacher, she specializes in transformational thinking, self-discovery, and mentoring new coaches as they develop their careers. In Ora’s own words:
“Mindfulness, which is living in the present moment with total awareness, keeps us honest, and true to who we are. It reminds us when we slip out of the moment of authenticity and try and hide or replace it with a false belief of ourselves, and that’s what we’ll be exploring in this book.”
The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness
Ora Nadrich believes that a daily state of mindfulness benefits us by:
- Connecting us to our authentic selves
- Serving as an inner barometer
- Helping us to look within
- Quieting our inner critic
- Helping us to process pain
- Connecting us with a sense of wholeness
What I Liked About Live True
My favorite part of the book was chapter 5 when Ora discussed the importance of not being a present experiencer rather than a past dweller or future chaser. I think I have a tendency to be a future chaser. Ora described a future chaser as a person who anticipates the future often, who is impatient with the present, who feels anxious about the future, who gets bored quickly with the present, and who thinks the future will be better than the present.
On the flip side of the coin, Ora describes a past dweller as a person who lives mostly in the past, who thinks the past was better than the present, who longs for what “once was”, who wishes they could change their past, who holds onto resentment of what happened in the past, who keeps trying to change the past in their mind.
The present experience is the ideal because they are the happiest in the present, they enjoy showing up for the moments of their life, they allow themselves to fully experience whatever they are doing in the present, they don’t think about the past that much except with fond memories, they let whatever unpleasant experiences they had in the past go, and they value the present.
Another truth I loved in Ora’s book was the reminder that our emotions are our friends. We live in a culture where the rubber hits the road. We often don’t give our emotions time to manifest themselves because we are too busy stuffing them deep inside to put on our brave face for the rest of the world. However, we need to take the time for ourselves to process our emotions because what they are telling us is important. Our emotions are the language of our true self.
The practice of mindfulness helps us to stop and smell the roses in life. Ora helps us to appreciate the benefits of mindfulness, and she also helps us to explore what it truly means to live an authentic life. Are we truly comfortable with living a life that is true to ourselves and being real with the world around us? Authenticity is bold, brave, and raw, but it is an element that is sadly lacking in today’s world.
What I Disliked About Live True
I am not a Buddhist, and Ora Nadrich proceeds to bombard the reader with Buddhist philosophy and teachings in every chapter of this book. Needless to say, when you are not a Buddhist, you may find this a little repetitious. I do think we have to be careful to face reality head-on and not to use mindfulness as a form of escapism. Ora’s definition of truth is very vague for a book that is about living true to one’s self. I also think we have to be careful not to place all the emphasis on ourselves. Ora’s book does place importance on being selfless, but it is important not to confuse self-care with selfishness.
In conclusion, the path to mindfulness consists of deliberate, daily patterns of habitual practice. Ora will lead you down this path with grace and purpose as you learn to find healing within. To learn more about Ora Nadrich and the Institute of Transformational Thinking, visit their website by clicking here.