Four Keys to Personal Integrity

by Henri on August 30, 2011

PrayingThe first step in becoming a person who is living with integrity is developing personal integrity. In short, we have described this as uniting mind and body; aligning intention with action; aligning words and deeds. This sounds simple, but for anyone who has tried to actually do it, more difficult than thought at first.  So here are four keys to actually getting down to living this way.

The core of the keys is uniting mind and body. Most of us don’t really grasp what this means, of course. It is a concept that comes from a number of oriental disciplines, including Yoga and Buddhism. At its core, this means developing self discipline – actually getting your body to do what your mind intends for it to; aligning your thoughts and actions. Realizing how difficult this is in today’s fast paced “instant” society; we will spend significant time on this blog working to help you build a life of self-discipline.

The second key is centering your conscience. Most people don’t realize that our conscience can be tricked. Conscience interacts with one’s view of life; or the principles by which you live. In order for your conscience to guide you well, you need to address the principles by which you have been programmed to live. That’s right – programmed. Your life circumstances, upbringing and the culture around you have shaped your life principles.

So the third key is clarifying true principles. Many people think truth is relative. I am firmly convinced that while some outer levels of ideas may be relative, principles are not. They are timeless – for example, the principles of life found in Plato, the Bhagavad Gita. or the Bible are as true today as they were 5,000 years ago. Our quest here will be to help you find your personal system for determining what the true principles are that your conscience will relate to.

The fourth key is personal responsibility. Increasingly in popular culture, we find people shifting responsibility – “the blame game.” Whatever the issue, we are told “it’s someone else’s fault.” And self-determinism is losing ground. The key here is, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”

I realize this is just an overview and you are probably thinking, at this point, “So how do I actually begin to live according to these four keys. Since I do not want to over-saturate you on any given day, I will need to say, “Come back tomorrow;” we’ll begin to flesh each one of these out with exercises and tips for their accomplishment.

Until then, please feel free to leave a question, comment or story below. We want to hear from you!

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phil faris August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’m looking forward to learning more. I’m not a big theory guy so I hope you provide concrete examples and tools that help me apply the concepts.

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Henri August 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Thanks, Phil:

I appreciate the “no theory zone” idea. We have had to set up this program with a bit of theory at the outset here, but shortly we will be moving into the “skills only zone.” So stay tuned!

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