Author Kidada Jones is teaching young girls how to discover their authentic power with her new book, School of Awake: A Girl’s Guide to the Universe. With original, full-color art, it’s chock-full of easy-to-make recipes, arts and crafts projects, and affirmations — it’s an interactive curriculum for girls to find more self-confidence, mindfulness, and healthy emotional expression. In Kidada’s words, “It’s the book I have wanted to write since I was 9 years old and the one I wish I had had as a tween. It’s the school girls need!”
School of Awake was recently featured on Super Soul Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in a “Super Soul Original Short” immediately following an in-depth interview with another New World Library author, Eckhart Tolle, author of the groundbreaking book The Power of Now. You can watch Oprah’s interview with Eckhart, followed by the School of Awake film, here. Just log in with your preferred TV provider.
We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from School of Awake, in which Kidada shares how girls can cultivate their own authentic power.
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Authentic power is knowing how to access the strongest parts of who you are from the inside and building an outer character that you love and respect. Being authentic takes a lot of courage and knowing who you are. A lot of people think that having money or having nice things or being popular and pretty is what makes them powerful or is necessary for them to be loved and respected. Our world puts a lot of importance on those things, but that’s an illusion. That’s not true power. Authenticity is knowing your value and self-worth separately from your physical traits or what others think is important, and not allowing anyone or anything to keep you from being that real part of yourself.
School of Awake calls the combination of your inner and outer self your authentic self, and when you can live as your authentic self, you live in your authentic power. True power is all yours, and it all starts with loving who you are from the inside out. The more you start to check in with your HeartStar and your breathing, the stronger that power becomes, because you are becoming more present and mindful. When you are present in the moment of now, you will begin to make choices in your life that come from a place of love. These choices will affect you and everyone around you. Authentic power is about building the parts of yourself that are rooted in goodness and cannot be taken away.
You are the most important person you will ever meet. You will be spending the rest of your life with — guess who? — you! This relationship is the most critical relationship you will ever have. It is the one relationship that will affect every other relationship in your life. You can’t love anyone else until you really love yourself. Self-love is about loving every single version of yourself, even when you think you are unlovable.
This journey of authenticity requires courage. Living up to an image of who you think you should be is not being authentic. Loving yourself is not always easy, and it certainly can be lonely some of the time. But loving who you are is like a muscle: the more you work it, the stronger it gets. It’s all about becoming your own bestie. Be authentic no matter what!
4 Things You Can Do to Stay Authentically You!
- Do what makes you happy, even if you have to do it alone.
- Don’t be pressured by trends or your peers to be something you are not.
- Give yourself compliments when you do kind things for yourself.
- Listen to your heart no matter what is happening around you.
It’s super easy to do things that are not authentic to who you really are so that other people will like you or think you are cool. No one wants to be left out. You might do stuff to impress someone or show off, even when you know deep down inside “this is not who I really am.” Don’t become part of the pack. There is only one of you! Do you know how special that is? When you are not being truly you, you have stepped out of your power zone. Your authentic power lies in being connected to your HeartStar and being proud of the person you are, no matter what anyone else says or feels.
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Kidada Jones has worked as a model, designer, stylist, and brand consultant. She found her unique style at a young age, mixing the whimsical and contemporary to create her trademark aesthetic. Through it all, she has remained a spiritual seeker, and School of Awake is the culmination of her journeys, presenting deep wisdom through an inviting, open combination of words and art.
Excerpted from the book School of Awake. Copyright © 2017 by Kidada Jones.