Cultivating Integrity

Integrity

/ɪnˈtɛɡrɪti/

noun

1.

the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

Similar:

honesty

uprightness

probity

rectitude

honour

honourableness

upstandingness

good character

principle(s)

ethics

morals

righteousness

morality

nobility

high-mindedness

right-mindedness

noble-mindedness

virtue

decency

fairness

scrupulousness

sincerity

truthfulness

trustworthiness

Opposite:

dishonesty

2.

the state of being whole and undivided.

Similar:

unity

unification

wholeness

coherence

cohesion

I’ve learned from the various paths in life that led me to the path I am now, that the most upheld value I’ve continuously cherished seeing it in myself and others, is the value of integrity. During the past year, I’ve created the goal in my path to value integrity above all else. By valuing integrity, I uphold family, compassion for the other, whoever that other may be, understanding differences and most of all, being aware of common and shared interests and traits.

When we value integrity above all other traits, two things happen: 1) we start to become whole within ourselves, we understand both our light and our darkness and the moral code in which we reside upon our actions becomes increasingly valuable. And 2) We trust ourselves and others to be true to ourselves, whatever the self is putting forth on each moment.

Integrity in the capacity of being whole, signifies for me the cherry on top of the cake of self-realization. When I’m able to be whole, I’m fully in the present moment and I’m able to accept every individual part of me as belonging to my entire being. When I’m whole, I’m entirely “me”, and I find myself.

Integrity in the capacity of being honest and having strong moral values, means to me that whatever comes my way, I trust myself to take the right course of action. For that to happen, I need to cultivate self-awareness, mindfulness and radical self-honesty. We can all be crappy sometimes, even when the intention or what we’re defending is from the most lovable part of us.

So, in valuing integrity above all else, I rise continuously as a person with strong values, I’m able to be true to myself even in my darkest hours and I’m able to take responsibility for my mistakes. I’m able to apologize if I have commited a fault, and I’m able to forgive myself too. Integrity to me means being able to be true and honest to the most valuable good, to share and be kind, compassionate and loving to all living things. Integrity means to belong to the all, and understand all else belongs too, while cherishing common fairness and rights to be upheld and valued above all else.

“No one is free when one of us isn’t”

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