Food for Thought on Friday January 8, 2010
Considering Others: 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.
Today is a new day and like every new day an opportunity to better yourself.
What will you do today to make life better for yourself and those around
All the Best, Life Confidently