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When we live from our core it is likely that we will feel nourished. It is likely that we will have more satisfactory relationships. Living with authenticity doesn’t automatically change the world, what it does is change our response to it. It will usually reduce our stress and increase our joy.

To find other excellent Blog Carnivals of Healing (on a huge range of topics – just about whatever you are interested in there should be one on it) go here.

Here are some great posts about authenticity from around the blogosphere.

Albert the Urban Monk is first up. This is a lengthy post that deals with a substantial issue and gives practical guidance too. It is not a quick read, so settle back with a cup of coffee so you have some good reading and thinking time. The post is A Tested Guide to Transcending Your Fears and Finally Live Your Life’s Purpose.

Naren Ghimire asks us to find ways to not just face but to accept criticism in How to Accept Criticism with Joy, Compassion and Openness. A big ask and practical advice on how to achieve it.

Max Fabry at Lifestyle Changes has a post on the stages of relapse for addicts. Useful information.

Chris Edgar has a beautiful post on the power of silence to bring depth to our relationships and much more.

John Wolfe at Wind of the Soul gives us 8 Tips for Achieving a More Secure, Peaceful State of Mind. Something that wouldn’t go astray where I live!

JohnD has a great post on authenticity and recovery from depression. It is personal, intense and insightful. It’s a great post.

Not wanting to neglect our physical selves here is one on keeping a food diary. This I think is the best way to find the diet that suits us best and isn’t just following someone else’s advice. This post by Mel from is the only one I could find about keeping a food diary that wasn’t focussed solely on weight reduction. It’s called Food Diaries: A Dramatic Way to Improve Your Health.

Isabella Mori at Change Therapy has a post on apologising for our errors – even serious ones, even if it takes a long while to do it. I think of this as a good test of our sincerity and authenticity. It’s a dramatic story that also applies to the more everyday parts of our lives.

Nacie Carson and her blog The Life Uncommon are fairly new to the blogosphere. She has written a nice, short post on dealing with ‘the real world’. Whether the real world are all those unpleasant realities we have to do deal with (for now) and how much it is the good things we can also focus on. It’s called The Real World and the Authentic Individual.

Maria Gajewski at Never the Same River Twice has a great post on authenticity and blogging. Called the Authentic Blogging Manifesto. Here’s a taste of her mission statement:
Blogging is an activity done by people for other people. Blogging is a form of communication. From now on, I will blog for humans, not for search engines or social media websites. This may or may not result in any type of monetary

While we’re dealing with the blogosphere, Tom Volkar at Delightful Work is a coach who help people find their authentic work. The post from his blog (there are many relevant) is on Authoring Your Own Life.

Alex Kay at Just Keep the Change has a post on how it is sexy to be authentic. His post is inspired by the movie Victoria, Christina, Barcelona and is called Why Bohemian Painters are as Sexy and Hell and How You Can Become That Too.

To finish with there is Jean the Cheerful Monk on To Tell the Truth. Asking whether it is ever appropriate to lie.

That’s my round up of the blogosphere on authenticity. Lots to read and ponder to lead us to a more authentic life.

20 Comments to “Carnival of Healing #172 : Authenticity”

  1. John D says:

    Thank you, Evan for your kind words and even more for putting together such an interesting group of bloggers. Almost all of them are new to me, and I’m going to dig in right now. My best to you – John

  2. Dear Evan,

    A collection of wonderful articles! Thank you for featuring an article from Spiritual Pub as well. Keep up the good work!

    Naren Ghimire

  3. Diane says:

    Hi Evan,

    Just finished checking out some of your carnival entries…
    Beautiful work! I am especially grateful for the link to Mariam Williamson as I love the Course of Miracles !
    Thanks so much for doing this and introducing me to so many.

    Oh I have been enjoying all your work you have been sending me and your work at Counseling Resource! Thanks so much!

  4. Evan says:

    Thanks John,

    I’m glad you like the people I’ve found. I wasn’t sure that a blog carnival on this theme would work. I’m glad that it seems to have.

  5. Evan says:

    Thanks Naren,

    I’m glad you like them. Keep up the good work!

  6. Evan says:

    Thanks Diane.

    It’s nice to know too that you are the same Diane who comments at Counselling Resource. The blogosphere can be an anonymous place.

    It’s great to hear that people like my work. Thankyou.

  7. Phylameana says:

    Is this the Carnival of Healing edition??

  8. Evan says:

    Yes, this is it. I’ve changed the title to reflect this: Authenticity Carnival to Carnival of Healing: Authenticity.

  9. Urban Monk help me quit smoking, a lot of their sites have actually been very useful towards me accomplishing that goal. You should take their site a spin.

  10. Evan says:

    Thanks for your comment Nashville Plumbers.

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  12. John Wolfe says:


    Thank you so much for including an entry from Wind of the Soul in your awesome carnival!

  13. thanks for this great assortment of posts, and thanks for including mine about apologizing. i’m looking forward to reading all the other posts!

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  15. Evan says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for a quality post. It was a pleasure to include it.

  16. Evan says:

    Hi Isabella,

    I’m glad you like the assortment. Hope you enjoy reading them.

  17. Evan, thanks so much for including me. What an unexpected and pleasant surprise on this grey day!

  18. Evan says:

    Hi Maria,

    It was a pleasure to include you. Where I am (Canberra, Australia) we could use a little more grey: the temperatures are in the 30’s celsius/90’s Farenheit, most days.

  19. Evan, thanks man, it’s an honor and a pleasure to be linked authentically with so many fine folks. The world is better for your work.

  20. Evan says:

    Thanks Tom,

    I do think there are many fine people that we know aren’t there? Thanks for the compliment.

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