“Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built” – Brian Tracy
At leadership conference, we were given 50 values to pick our top 10 from. If that wasn’t hard enough, we then had to narrow it down to our top 5!
My top 5 values, in order are:
1. love 2. adventure 3. integrity 4. nature 5. fun
Then we looked for discrepancies between our top values and how we are choosing to live our lives. I had discrepancies with a few of my values.
Love – Love includes my friends and family, so is definitely my #1 value. I am choosing to express my love for my friends and family more often and share more of myself with them.
Adventure – Adventure is excitement, challenge and makes me feel alive. I am choosing more adventure in my life; more surf trips, more travel and more experiences that I have never had before.
Integrity – As Brian says, integrity is foundational in creating a life I love. Without integrity, my declarations don’t have power. I continuously become aware of ways to build integrity and power – honouring my word and every commitment I make, and cleaning up any messes I create.
Nature – Whether its sitting on the grass, walking in the sand, or playing in the ocean – nature is my therapy. It relaxes, rejuvenates and energises me. I am buying more plants for my current home, and looking into building on a large, treed block in southwest WA.
Fun – I’m happy to share that fun is a daily occurrence. I love to laugh and connect with others!
Its so good to revisit my values and I’m committed to using them to guide my decision making.
I’ve recently started reading Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which is a practical application for the ideas in the Power of Now and A New Earth. While I’ve read both these books previously, the amount of information and intensity of the ideas made it difficult to put into action in my life. This time, I’m reading a condensed version of the material, and will discuss each idea as I read it and reflect on how it can be implemented in my life.
Eckhart Tolle describes Being, as who we are at our core and our connection to everything. This connection is immeasurable and indestructible. Being encompasses beyond ourselves and deep within. Our being can only be felt or known when the mind is still, free of thought and present.
Have you felt your being before?
If you sit very still and clear your mind. I feel my being as an energy, which is deep within my chest and vibrates through me.
I have also felt my being through my connection with nature. When I am surrounded by trees or ocean, I know that I am connected to them and whatever I do to them, I do to myself. For example, I have a difficult time killing insects, no matter how small and insignificant they seem. In fact, when I am present, I can’t do it. I usually place them on a piece of paper or in a cup and put them outside. Or I ignore them and let them hang out in the house.
Some people experience their being through meditation and or yoga, which is based on clearing the mind for increasingly long periods of time. The more you practice creating space of nothingness in your mind, the easier it becomes and the more access you have to knowing your being. This is also the key to being able to stay present.
In yoga, by focusing on your breathe you can become very present and experience your being and feel the connection to those around you.