Honesty: A Virtue for Conscious Living
In the fast pace of our modern world, virtue is a topic that runs as hot and cold as a celebrity on newspaper headlines. Historically it carries a burden of meaning derived by religious rules that repel an atheist as quickly as they captivate a believer. In our rebellion or surrender, these established codes of conduct hold power over us and dictate common behaviors, by remaining a central idea that is either embraced or reviled.
Common virtue includes such ideas as charity, patience, kindness & humility. While it is often agreeable that these qualities are good, the manner in which they are viewed is always tempered through the filter of personal experience. What one person sees as patience another can see as a lack of caring. What one sees as charity another can see as foolishness in business. Humility and kindness can be viewed as weakness, and so on. Now more than ever, because of the diversity and rise of free thought in our culture, it is helpful to be mindful of how our attitudes and actions sit with our own souls. As we become less likely to look to established dogma and opinion to tell us how to live well, there is nowhere else to look but within.
In sourcing such conscious solutions we need but one quality to connect us to our highest and best, and that is heart-centered HONESTY. In fact, it is impossible to hear our own inner voice without it. When we take time to feel into our present moment and accept the truth we find there, we can face life with authenticity. This language of love is not riddled with the chattering debate of what is expected of us or what will win approval. It simply longs to be acknowledged so that it can align humanity to its highest potential in its own mysterious way. Living outside of this integrity only perpetuates toxic cycles that hold us safely in the status quo while causing our expandable spirits, and often others, to suffer. Even when it is difficult to accept, the truth of the heart will always set us free, if only by revealing the next most conscious steps we can take on our journey.
If you ever have trouble knowing whether a thought or action is in alignment with truth, take a moment to feel how it resonates in your chest & core. Discomfort (such as tightness or queasiness) will reveal the places that fear and judgment are overtaking your honest response. A sense of calmness and wholeness will let you know that the mind is in alignment with the heart.