Integrity seems to be a concept that we humans need to reassess and examine on a fairly regular basis to determine if we are truly functioning within our boundaries and those established by our community. But as we strive for a life of inner peace, we need to shine the bright light of introspection on the following questions:
*Does this decision enable my highest potential?
*Is this the best I have to offer?
*Am I giving 100% and if not, why?
*Are my actions in keeping with my values?
*Will I be proud of my conduct tomorrow, next week, next year?
*What are my other options in this situation?
*Would I be proud of my children if they reacted this way? (personal favorite)
These questions are worth examining. Otherwise we are left with the fall out of our bad decisions, viewed from near and far as those we don’t want to claim. To truly take responsibility for our behavior, the filter needs to do a good job of considering all sides of an issue. We are then able to act rather than react.
Mistakes are bound to happen along the way. Everyone’s life is filled with inevitable pain, and hearts will be broken. But we can prepare ourselves with an introspection practice that supports our values, and a lifestyle that honors our worth. Is it the daily walk you take, the quiet time first thing in the morning, your meditation practice? Can you find some quiet time playing with the baby, petting the dog, or in the bath tub? In our crazy busy lives, you have to have some activity that allows your brain to rest. This isn’t the time you spend staring at a screen for any purpose, your workout time, or when you do the dishes. This is a time of rest, true repose. You aren’t hoping for a revelation, the answer to some question, or the means to solve your life’s current riddle.
Growth is incremental for us all. Teachers are everywhere yet the most powerful is the one within. The willingness to hear the lessons is half of what we need in order to follow the enlightened path. But the other half of the equation is the discipline to practice.