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Be Open To Being Yourself

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Be Open To Being Yourself

Start with yourself. If you start anywhere else, it’s a false start, and you’ll just be forced to go back to the starting line and begin again and again.

Starting with yourself means finding the place within you that is not influenced by outside forces. It’s not affected by what other people say or do. It’s not discouraged by people wanting to stop you. It’s not even concerned with the negative things you say about yourself, which come from the conditioned part of our left brain.

When I was in my 20s, I spent a great amount of time running away from who I was. I was always trying to be someone else – wanting to be liked, popular, cool, or attractive.

But no matter how hard I tried to avoid myself, I kept coming back to me. By my 30s, I realized that who I was – who we all are – is the thing we keep looking for somewhere else.

In someone else.

Our essential self (which makes each of us unique) is the part of us that is connected to something bigger than our egos. It’s like you are one of those limitless channels available on TV.

To receive the broadcast, you’ve got to keep your channel open. You’ve got to get out of your own way. You’ve got to get out of its way. Keep it open. Stay plugged in.

It’s not an easy job because the ego wants to get in there and take credit, lay blame, excuse, rationalize, defend, or judge.

To live optimally – the way we are intended to create and live – requires us to surrender to something bigger than us that wishes to be expressed through us.

And because each of us is uniquely different, the expression of it will be unique, innovative, original, and dynamic.  Look at the actors you admire.

You don’t have to work so hard trying to “do.” You don’t have to put something “on.”

You don’t have to show.

You simply have to allow. Surrender. Align. Accept. Be.

Watch what happens. Just. Stay. Open.

You are the vehicle. Let yourself be driven.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles, where it was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). AMAW is also located in New York and Australia. 

Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and the CW KTLA. He is also the author of the new best-selling book, “At Left Brain Turn Right,” which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. 'Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles, where it was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). AMAW is also located in New York and Australia. 

Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and the CW KTLA. He is also the author of the new best-selling book, “At Left Brain Turn Right,” which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. 'Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.

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