Integrity is a theme in our house right now. Integrity is about doing what we say we are going to do and it is so much more. Integrity is like authenticity in action. We are in integrity when the inside matches the outside and our actions speak the truth of who you are. So, how does one live a life of integrity?
First of all, we have to have clarity around that to which we say “yes”. It is helpful to recognize that when we say “yes” to something, we are saying “no” to something as well. It is big work for me to get real clear on where my “yeses” go and if they are in alignment with who I am and how I want to live my life. Once I’m clear, I have to consciously devote myself to that particular “yes” to the best of my ability even when it means I’ve unconsciously said “no” to something more exciting or intriguing.
The tricky thing about integrity is that our bodies cannot lie. Our body language and our posture speak the truth of what is happening within us. Our minds can spin stories and create an altered reality but the body always exhibits the truth of what is within. So integrity requires that we tune into the messages of our body trusting that these messages take us into a deeper understanding of the inner truth of our experience.
As with most things, the practice of awareness is key. It is our work to get in touch with what our body, our mind, our emotions, and our spirit is saying and begin to integrate all four. Integrity doesn’t mean that we show up perfect and happy all of the time, integrity means that we show up to what is. Integrity is feeling, speaking, sensing, and being in the experience of the moment.
When we allow the newness of each moment to teach us, we become more and more integrated. Today, may we choose to be integrated and have the courage to immerse ourselves in what is. May we live active lives of integrity and authenticity. May we trust “all is well” no matter what our experience may be. And may we be vulnerable enough to allow others to see the truth of our inner world.