Authentic Living – Eudaimonia
JTAL refers to authentic living as “eudaimonia”. The word eudaimonia (U-day-mo-ni’-ah) is Greek in origin and philosophers have referred to this concept for thousands of years. It is commonly translated as wellbeing or authentic living and is frequently referred to as “human flourishing” and achievement. Although there are various definitions or descriptions of eudaimonia, one of the better definitions is provided by Richard M. Ryan, Veronica Huta and Edward L. Deci in an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies (2008) titled, “LIVING WELL: A SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE ON EUDAIMONIA”. In the article, eudaimonia is theorized as the realization of valued human potentials that is “not conceived of as a mental state, a positive feeling or cognitive appraisal of satisfaction, but rather as a way of living”. In simple terms, it is possible for anyone, regardless of their circumstances, to live in eudaimonia and transcend their constant focus on basic life needs and engage in real self-actualization.
By living a life of authenticity we benefit from a fulfilled and meaningful life that positively enhances our relationship with others and the world. It requires the courage to ask yourself hard questions and to be completely honest with yourself about what is truly important to you in life, and how you can live your “human excellence” as Aristotle often referred to it. Regardless of your circumstances, you have the potential to truly follow your heart’s wisdom, live YOUR truth, and be real in every sense: The very essence of human flourishing and achievement!
Living an authentic life is one of the most misunderstood and neglected areas in life. By authentically, we enable ourselves to live through the heart and are able to authentically give to others in the world around us. An unauthentic life is the single biggest impediment to personal achievement and flourishing. Living unauthentically often leads to immense dissatisfaction, unfulfilled, and unhealthy lifestyles and habits, which can frequently lead to disease and life trauma.
JTAL’s founder and principle, Sandra Rojo, believes there is nothing more important than living a life of authenticity. While working as a certified Life, Leadership, Health and Wellness coach, she frequently witnessed clients and others who struggled to live an authentic life – a life devoted to one’s individual purpose and truth, as opposed to living a life based heavily upon the expectations, desires and goals of others for us.
Sandra has made it her life’s passion to use her formal education in Psychology, certified coaching credentials, hands-on experience in personal development, and health and wellness coaching to assist as an accountability partner for clients to achieve an authentic lifestyle. She firmly believes that each person has the potential to develop greater self-awareness regardless of where they are emotionally, spiritually, geographically or psychologically. Sandra employs a unique approach to her work using a proven and highly effective blend of traditional and non-traditional complementary and alternative modalities to achieve lasting results. For more information, please contact us.