Today is All that Matters: Part VI
The Latin root word of Integrity is ‘integer’ which means ‘Intact’; unwavering, unified, and anchored. Living harmoniously in our Relationships & embodying and radiating a calm inner state, are two measures we can gauge of our Integrity.
Regular Integrity inventory questions you can ask yourself are;
Q: How Consistent am I with honoring what I actually value or cherish the most?
Q: How Consistent am I by honoring my agreements?
Q: How Consistent am I with my communications when I want to change a previous agreement and create a new one?
Q: How Consistent am I by being the same version of myself regardless of who I’m interacting with? (ie; are you patient with one person you greatly respect or admire yet impatient and crabby with your spouse or family member?)
“Integrity requires an inner sense of ‘wholeness’ and consistency of character. When you are in integrity, people can visibly see it and feel it through your actions, words, choices, methods, and outcomes. When you are ‘whole’ and consistent, there is only one you. You bring that same you wherever you are, regardless of the circumstance. You don’t leave parts of yourself behind. You don’t have a ‘work you,’ a ‘family you,’ and a ‘social you.’ You are YOU all the time.” -So-Young Kang
The more we are out of Integrity, the more Power and Passion we will lose, like a leaky bucket.
The more we are out of Integrity, the more dense we will feel in our physical bodies, and we will experience greater fatigue and engagement with our habits, patterns, and addictions that we turn to to change the way we are feeling.
So, the first steps necessary to realign ourselves as Integrity is to first catch the feeling that alerts us when and where we are out of Integrity. You will feel agitated, or ‘icky’. This is wonderful, because it’s an invitation for us to recognize where we are and this awareness affords is the choice to take steps back to Consistent alignment as Integrity. This practice requires Truthfulness with oneself in a way that will matters more to you than that which we grasp at in order to avoid what we are afraid to face.
For the next two weeks, notice how consistent you are as Integrity, measured by ‘Am I the same version of myself with everyone I interact with today?’ If you notice you are not, bring Integrity to your interactions, and keep vigilant to discover any other Integrity leaks asking for repair.
Written by Daniela Hess, YogaFarm Director, Counselor, and Radiance Course Educator. For more information about self care practices, visit www.YogaFarm.us.