How To Recognize Whether You Act Out Of Your Personal Integrity?
Do you have personal integrity?
How do you act in stressful, demanding and controversial situations? Do you take sides or arbitrary, judgmental positions and opinions? Are you willing to let go and forgive, or you hold to the grudge for the rest of your life? Do you know who you are deep down within the heart, do you sense and feel what emotions accompany or drive your decisions and actions truly? I could go on with more questions for self-inquiry to check in with your self whether you have what it takes to have and act with personal integrity. And what is personal integrity anyway?
The definition of integrity states: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, the state of being whole and undivided.
Are you undivided in your opinions, emotions, feelings and acting according to strong moral principles?
You may not like aforementioned questions I posed, or you may not like the topic of my article at all or even me, though you do not know me but you may already have judged me. Are my thoughts giving you annoying or irritating sensation rising within you as if you were exposed? Well, if this is how you feel right now while reading these words, you have been exposed to your self by your self. And this is the sign that you may want to consider working and expending on your personal integrity, otherwise my questions would not ruffle your feathers.
What it takes to have personal integrity?
Well, I suggest that once you have it, you simply and very deeply know it within your self. It is not a knowledge at the mental level that you can explain with your logic. Instead you feel it within your heart and you recognize within your mind. I repeat the word ‘re-cognize’ as the knowing is not new but it has always been within you, and now you have consciously re-cognized it. The word ‘cognizant’ stands for being aware of or having knowledge.
At the deepest level of personal integrity lies love and compassion for life in all forms which is felt as self-love and self-respect and knowingness that we are all made of the same. When one has respect for own feelings and well-being, then the desire arises within to share this with others around you, your family, co-workers, friends, every stranger that you come across. You then know, that there is much more to life than what is seen within physical eye. You sense it and only from this very depth of inner knowing, you are able to cherish life in all forms.
And the most interesting part is that from this state of being, one is not capable of harmful and destructive behaviors. When you feel admiration for your self as the human being acting in your life circumstances selflessly with the highest good for all involved in your mind and intention, then you know that you act out of your personal integrity.
It is not easy task and it is not one time goal. Your ego will be cutting through many times and on many occasions, and to remain within the energy of your personal integrity requires self-inquiry and self-observation of thoughts, emotions and actions. This is a process, not one-time-achievement. If you are not ready for such life-long commitment to your self, then having personal integrity may not be aligned with your current incarnation to master. Be at ease with your self if you feel that you are not yet at the level of acting out of your personal integrity. The moment you recognize that you are somewhat lacking it, you are one step closer to it. Awareness of own actions and their consequences will guide you through the meanders of self-discovery towards personal integrity. Start from giving your self the chance of witnessing your actions and feelings that accompany them without judgment. Forgive others and by doing so, you are freeing your self because at the spiritual level we are all connected, and whatever you do to another, you do it to your self.
Personal integrity is a maturity of human being as the individual whose consciousness has expanded beyond self.
So are you acting according to your strong moral principles? Are you being truth to your self and others? Don’t be shy and post your comment below.