Reaffirming Our Integrity
Every thought we think and every action we take has an effect on the
world around us. To be aware of this is to be conscious of our impact
on the people in our lives. Sometimes we just want to do what we want
to do, but considering the full ramifications of our actions can be an
important part of our spiritual growth and awareness. At first, being
more conscious requires effort, but once we have made it a habit, it
becomes second nature. The more we practice this awareness of others,
the more we find ourselves in easy alignment with our integrity.
Our thoughts are an important place to begin this practice because
our thoughts are the seeds of our actions. It is not necessary or
beneficial to obsessively monitor all our thoughts, but we can perhaps
choose one thought or action per day and simply notice if we are in
alignment with this experience of integrity. For example, we may find
ourselves replaying a negative encounter with someone in our minds. We
may think that this doesn’t affect the person about whom we are
thinking, but the laws of energy tell us that it does. When we hold
someone negatively in our minds, we risk trapping them in negativity.
If we were this person, we might wish for forgiveness and release. We
can offer this by simply letting go of the negative thought and
replacing it with a wish for healing on that person’s behalf.
With regard to our actions, we may have something difficult to
express to someone. Taking the time to consider how we would feel if we
were in his or her shoes will enable us to communicate more sensitively
than we would if we just expressed ourselves from our own perspective.
When we modify our approach by taking someone else’s feelings into
account, we bring benefit to that person and ourselves equally. The
more we do this, the more we reaffirm our integrity and the integrity
of our relationship to the world.