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I am not sure how much more integrity I can have. Does that sound proud? Perhaps. But I consider myself a pretty good human being except for the negative thought patterns (I can get awfully nasty in my thoughts–though I don’t put voice to those thoughts–also can be self judgmental). My outer behavior always strives for love and decency towards others. So…I don’t know how I can show greater integrity. Perhaps that will be when I have learned to dwell more on positive loving thoughts toward the world.
Once my actions align with my values that’s enough. So I could bring my values to consciousness a bit more today. But this only needs to be good enough, not perfect. The question today is a harsh one for us perfectionists.
I can show up and love others as they are and just be the best version of me I can be!
By being present, balanced and centered in awareness and open mindedness towards the ones I encounter and care for, treating myself as kind as meeting others.
Replace fear and defensiveness with faith and inclusion. To believe that all is in collaboration for the good.
By bringing bucket loads of “no-space and no-time” from my morning meditation into the day with me.
By listening to others and then following through on commitments or changes to which I have agreed.
I need to talk to a person about our relationship. It is uncomfortable and I fear she will just pull away. But not talking feels worse. Wish me luck!
I can think before I speak and not make assumptions about what others might be thinking.
I can show up with greater integrity today by being totally present in the moment and putting in my best work. There is no time for complaints or excuses. There is no time to put in work that is only half ass. I need to be 100 percent focused on doing the best that I can do in my job.
Maximize intention, minimize excuses, cultivate strength and ground oneself through humility.
“Ground oneself through humility”.
This is a great focus also for me, Chester.
By being honest at all times.
I’m not sure exactly, but I do know that I am responsible for my own energy. So if I allow myself to be tossed and turned it does compromise my integrity and makes me unstable. I think it has to do with having a firm foundation or belief system or gut level intuition that has solid boundaries to what to allow or not allow. But also senses danger and knows when it’s time to make a move. Like the integrity of a structure in architecture if its’ not built well it will crumble. It must be solid yet able to sway with the effects of natural elements like wind without collapsing. It’s like having a spine that’s flexible as well if it’s too ridged it will break. It has to do with keeping the balance.
I’m sitting here thinking of how I can have more integrity and a few things come to mind:
1. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
2. Examine your motives before you act or speak. Have a conversation with yourself first about what you’re going to say and do and if it passes your inner value test then verbalize them out loud.
3. Using our own moral compass when living, speaking, behaving and not getting pulled away by other factors. Like a boat that has an anchor grounding it, having integrity means drifting or moving only to the degree the rope is anchoring me to the ground and feeling that rope tug me back to stop me from drifting with the currents and tides.
Now that I’m able to answer the question, I have to follow what I’ve written and remember these things everyday.
Being principled is important; do I do something because it’s easiest or because it’s consistent with what I believe? Is it consistent with who I WANT to be/become? Integrity also has the characteristic of being whole and undivided. I think Kierkegaard had a book titled “Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing”…. focusing on that “One Thing” … the Good… the common good…. the will of God … being mindful of that is how I can show up with (greater) integrity today. (But I agree with whoever has already noted that either you have integrity or you don’t, right? Having a “little integrity” seems like being a “little pregnant.” You are or you aren’t.)
WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGRITY, HOW MIGHT I SHOW UP TODAY?
I absolutely agree ,I I hope I am showing up everyday with integrity. The ways I show up with integrity everyday are as the following for myself and others. Keep in mind I was not always like this, through out my self discovery I have the knowledge and understanding when you respect your self worth you are able to respect others while still speaking your truth.
1. Transparency & Honesty
2. Respect with Compassion
3. Patience and persistency
Tell the truth especially when it is most scared and might cost us something. Be real in the moment.
Was it yesterday or the day before? My husband and I were having dinner, and he, who had been on Facebook chatting with ex-army friends, related an “joke” that I felt was racist, regarding the Hindu bindi. He said it was [just] “historic” and just how things were. I’m sure some people around me (not just my husband) think I am too rigid at times, and I know my husband, he says crass things sometimes because it is how he was raised, but inside and in his daily actions, he not only sees and treats everyone equally, but he reaches out and makes friends unlike himself.
Well, I pointed out to him that this was the day of jury selection in the George Floyd trial and that racism KILLS, so that however small or innocently meant the comment, no matter he’s only relaying it, it’s not okay. And if it is something truly past, then we should leave it there, or remember it as a cautionary tale, and not a “joke.”. I annoyed him. A lot. But fat chance I’d back off.
Later, when he was watching the news on television with me, it must have been something in the news about the royal interview, I saw the light go on in his head.
Like many people, I think he doesn’t have a complete connect between little cause and big effect, and sometimes, not even a clue. I think it has to do with our individual ability to really imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes… someone of a different race, nationality, religion, economic situation, education, situation, or of different health.
I don’t think I’m as concerned about showing up with greater integrity today as I am of helping others to understand without ticking them off. Ticking people off just makes them dig in or shut down.
And by the way, Facebook is back in my bad books.
I can sit down to my paying work with a singular focus on completing the job and delivering value to my employer instead of allowing distractions to interrupt me. I can avoid the little white lies I tell others and myself to make room for appetites that do not need to be indulged.
The ‘Word of the Day’ captures the essence of “how to greater”….all aspect of ones’ “BE-ing-ness” the Greater overall Truth of Unconditional Love (which of course, “integrity” is one aspect of) .
“Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” BRENÉ BROWN
That “exploring bravely” is the “How”. It is also called ……Inner Introspection…..meaning self examination without ANY masochistic self criticism. Only brave and truthful Introspection will unveil that “inner light” – infinite power” which every human being IS and will always BE.
Yes Ed. “self examination without ANY masochistic self criticism” : that’s a highly skilled art form.
Hi Malag …”Art form” AND Art itself ….because it (and all Art) knocks the Mind ( intellect in the western common usage of the word ‘mind’ ) off of its pedestal by making it accept that..it… …’Mind’ is only the effect of a cause’ ….it is Not the cause itself.
The cause cannot be defined but it can be appreciated by ‘mind’ if ‘mind’ drops its charade. Proper introspection helps to realize that.
I find it fruitful to reference great artists and how they so beautifully capture the Cause behind/beyond mind …..RUMI calls it “You” in his poem here …
You are sitting here with us,
but you are also out walking in a field at dawn.
You are yourself the animal we hunt
when you come with us on the hunt.
You are in your body
like a plant is solid in the ground,
yet you are wind.
You are the diver’s clothes
lying empty on the beach.
You are the fish.
In the ocean are many bright strands
and many dark strands like veins that are seen
when a wing is lifted up.
Your hidden self is blood in those,
those veins that are lute strings
that make ocean music,
not the sad edge of surf,
but the sound of no shore.”
Thanks, Ed. I so needed this reminder.It is truly a gift for me today. I will go to the community center for my 2nd COVID vaccine shot this morning.. I’m not afraid of the shot but getting myself there presents both a physical and psychological challenge for medue to a medical challenge. I know what you say in your post to be true and have been blessed with proof of it many times in my life but the inner tension is great this morning. Many years ago, my mentor explained it to me this way. He said, “There is a part of you that has never been afraid and I urge you to call it forth.Picture it telling that bully that lives in your head to sit down and be quiet. Picture it picking up your frightened little girl and comforting her, reminding her that together you can make it.” Thanks, again, Ed.
I am sure your inner tension will not hinder you to-day …..and your mentor was so right ..( Pardon the pun but she/he hit the nail right on the head!) by advising you that “the bully in the head” is only a lower mind created obstruction.
I my system of teachings the whole western “idea” that everything is “in the head”( aka Brain ) is totally misleading…..Consciousness IS the entire body and there are many, many, centres of consciousness and Self-consciousness which must be cleaned and replenished with Etheric Vitality Every day. It is an ongoing growth and rehabilitation process.
We say to ourself often …”Wish that full harmony and the benediction of the Holy Spirit reigns in EVERY part of the body.”
BE Well BE Present
Thanks, Ed….made it to the appointment with winds gusting at 50 miles an hour here but the sun is shining inside and out!
Hi Carol…and it is very good to hear all went well….. and Yes to inner/outer “Sunshine”
Having the strength and courage to do what is right and never looking back.
I hope to show up in everything I do with integrity and compassion.
I’m gonna show up w/love in all that I do today. There will be a few things that I must do that I don’t think are “fair” but that’s the way life works. Everyone will get respect, including myself & I will keep integrity & peace at the forefront.
I hope that I show up with integrity every day, in everything that I do.
Integrity, or at least my experience of it, is not something that you turn on and off like a light switch. Nor can it be found on “special” in isle 4 at the supermarket. It can be found by others, however, in you, and I am told in so many words that it has been spotted in me, too, though at times I am not sure where. If I could tuck it under my arm on my way out the door in the morning, I would not interested in bringing it just for today. I want to bring it, all of it, with me every day.
This question reminds me that I have an “inner compass “. I sometimes forget this.😔 Today I want to be guided by my compass and I want/try to trust it completely. I think it is a heart quality that gives integrity.
I think if you have integrity how much greater can it be? It’s definition is: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. I have integrity on a personal, as well as, a professional level.
I did a piece of writing the other day about how difficult it is for me to feel authentic. In writing the piece I was keenly made aware of how much of my life has been a series of roles, like an actor, on a stage. I play them very well, and yet, I invest my heart and soul in them not the other way around. So the next few days I started paying attention to when I was projecting my life and when I was simply letting life nourish me. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it has rattled me a bit (I think in a good way) as I am not really sure where I am. Not in a threatening way as much as detail. But it struck me at the time that it was an issue of integrity. So I will do less projecting.
“Letting life nourish you” …going with the flow…trusting life and oneself…all thoughts that came to mind reading your post.
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