Spiritual Integrity

September 21, 2017

Spiritual Integrity brings Freedom.

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One of the secrets to a fulfilling life is to review daily exactly where my commitments lie. I speak not of appointments, but to principles, to the guiding purpose of my life. My primary commitment is to God, to Love itself. To be it and see it as the most important commitment in my life, day in and day out.  This commitment is part of my spiritual integrity.

Sometimes, people are committed to being kind and loving with others, but not themselves. I’m committed to taking good care of myself, but sometimes, I push myself too much and have to be reminded to be more attentive to my body’s needs for rest and Self-Love.  I don’t ever chastise myself about anything.  Self-care doesn’t include punishment as motivation.  This is part of my spiritual integrity.

Sometimes, I let my commitment to myself be forgotten in my commitment to being loving with others.  Sometimes, it feels more interesting to help others than to help myself.  I’m learning to be aware of my choices, their motivations, and how things feel.  Does it feel good to put my self on the back burner?  No, it doesn’t!  That’s why I have a commitment to self-care.

There are people who suffer from the interpretation they make of it when others don’t keep their commitments to them.  Often, it seems as though they haven’t made a commitment to themselves and their world is reflecting that. And that’s what hurts, that mirror of lack of self-care.  Here’s where having a strong sense of spiritual integrity helps us.  If we are able to see our reflection on the person who is our mirror, that helps.  It doesn’t make sense to blame the mirror for our upset.  Having this awareness, we can actually deal with the REAL issue and move through it more quickly.  That’s self-loving.

When I lived in Los Angeles, my apartment building got a new manager who said that if the owner asked her to do something that she felt was unkind to a tenant, she’d have to do it because that was her job. Her commitment was to the owner, rather than kindness.  Her commitment was to fear of losing her job.  Where’s the integrity in that?  It’s missing.  Working without integrity can feel like it’s robbing us of our dignity.  How many times a day do we see those kinds of choices in peoples’ commitments?  What’s the effect?

Do we get angry with people who forget to be kind or don’t value kindness and generosity?  What’s the thought behind that anger?  Might it be our own sense of unworthiness?  Who among us has not had this lapse in judgment? Shall we throw the first stone? Or will choose to have a commitment to compassion and maintain our spiritual integrity?

Sometimes, folks are committed to service, but their commitment collapses if they don’t feel like it when the time comes to perform the service. In a world where there are so many wonderful things to do, I choose to commit to doing less of them so that I have more time to just be wonderful unto myself and my loved ones.  I find it a challenging commitment to keep and I see the price I pay for not keeping my agreements. I need to keep my commitments because the quality of my life reflects the integrity of my commitments.

Today, I ask myself, what am I REALLY committed to? I make a list of my deep commitments and of the commitments that I waiver on. Without judging myself, I make a new commitment and put it in writing. Today, through my commitments, I align my life with my Spirit in the purest sense. In doing so, I profoundly move the world in a direction of integrity and the Peace that comes with it.

Spiritual integrity can be a loving compass, if I choose to practice with non-judgment.

We’re waking up together and I’m so grateful for that! If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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