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Claudia Altucher Claudia Altucher yogi. truth pursuer. no bs'er.

Claudia Azula Altucher is an ardent student and teacher of yoga, meditation, and philosophy. She has travelled the world in search of truth only to realize that it can only be found within. [www.claudiayoga.com]

I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve got to be true to myself. That means cutting out the “BS” about how I feel, what I do, what I don’t do, and what I want to do. It means being very honest with myself and with others.

Not being honest with ourselves is very expensive. We end up doing things for the wrong reasons. In the past, there were many times when I wasn’t honest with myself. Once I dated someone for four years because I was scared of being alone. It took me a long time to admit I was with the wrong person.

Today, I’m happy to be in a good relationship where things started in the right way. When my husband and I went on our first date, I dropped my dating agenda. Instead, I decided to be present, so I could clearly see who was in front of me.

I’ve come to realize that even the smallest lies often mean a person is not being honest on so many other levels. Sometimes it’s hard to admit when someone we’re close to is lying because it hurts, but it’s also important to have peace.

If a person close to me lies, I’ll address it. The lying might happen once or twice, but if it continues or if it’s terrible, then I’ll remove myself from that person. Life is short, and I enjoy happiness. So I prefer to surround myself with positive people.

I’m not perfect. Nobody is, but I work at it. I try to be aware. If one day I’m being horrible, which I am sometimes, I admit it.

For instance, I have issues with being on time. Even when it’s not important, I can become very emotional when I’m off schedule. Sometimes, it’s like a monster takes over, and I get upset. Then I’ll recognize that I’m being horrible. I’ll take a time out, apologize, or try a different approach.

Being honest with ourselves is an exercise. One of the things that we learn in yoga is to recognize when we start having negative reactions. Life goes about, and we get pushed into emotions because we remember things from the past. We can’t tolerate our emotions, so instead we react. It’s when we start to catch our reactions that we learn to be with life the way it is. This leads us to greater happiness.

– Claudia Altucher

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