Although I changed my middle name as soon as I was of legal age, I have always felt a deep connection to my first name, Alethea, the Greek word for “truth.”
As a child, when I would ask my mother where she found my name, she would tell me it came from a book. Her answer felt dismissive and undefined. It was not until I was in my mid-thirties that I discovered a different truth. I was interviewing my father for the memoir I was writing for graduate school, A Girl Named Truth, when he spontaneously asked me if I knew the story of my name.
I was intrigued. “Tell me,” I urged.
In the year of my birth, Jodie Foster played a young girl named “Alethea” in an episode of the popular TV series “Kung Fu.” I had never heard of the show, nor had I known that my parents had watched it together.
My search for truth has taken me on a lifelong journey of self-discovery and healing, and it has also pulled me towards that sometimes illusive connection to “home.” Home to me is not necessarily about place, but connection. Connection to the self and to all life. Connection to what feels like truth.
When I am not writing about the idea of truth in some form, or striving to help others find their connection to it through my business “Inner Truth Healing & Yoga,” I search for it in the landscape. The ancient lands that still hold magic pull me into wonder. If I could make a living traveling to them and sharing them with others, I would joyfully do so.
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