Alarm rings early………..
Hit snooze, too tired. I will get up in a minute…..
Another hour passed before I jump out of bed.
It is Tuesday morning, my blog publishing day. I got up an hour late than I promised to myself. Not much time to write, edit, polish and publish the blog post. I hit the pages panicking with an eye on the clock. I manage to finish but the work I produce can be of a better standard. The rush and anxiety I experience in meeting a deadline can be avoided and I can be more productive if I stick to my original thought that I should consistently work on it earlier than the due date and also get up when the alarm rings.
Promises made to myself, broken time and again. Nothing earth shattering, little promises, little thoughts, expressed and denied in action as words try and justify the action through counter thoughts. I am constantly contradicting myself. There is not much congruence in what I think, I say and I do.
Result – minor irritating dissatisfaction with myself and a deeply settled discontentment and unhappiness for not having kept the word. Lack of Unity in Thought, Word and Deed.
Now that might seem like a minor example that can be justified with a thousand reasons why I didn’t/couldn’t get up early. Perfectly valid and I convince myself and make another promise to myself – ‘Tomorrow, Definitely,’ and the cycle may repeat again and again and again. Before I know I even stop making that promise to myself and leave it in a too hard a basket with a permanent label attached to it, ‘I am not a morning person’ or ‘ I can’t get up early.’
When I don’t practice Unity in Thought, Word and Deed, what is my relationship with me? I can’t trust myself in my own capacities, I limit myself and settle with an increasing discontentment that is drowned in external noise. I have lost a piece of myself.
Sounds extreme doesn’t it?
Same with my relationship with others. I think one thing, say something different and do something totally different yet again. When I behave like this, what is my relationship with others? They can’t trust me. I am not a person of integrity.
So what is the basis for authentic relationships? Unity in Thought, Word and Deed or Unity in Head, Heart and Hand.
What does it mean? As it suggests, we think, say and do the same thing always, at all times, in all things, with all people including myself. It is not just that, but the unity and harmony in the three should emanate from the highest and noblest in us. Otherwise we will make more enemies than we can handle or justify our own actions to suit us.
The highest and noblest in us always thinks, says and does the right things that do not harm us or the others. This is possible only when we live our lives in congruence with the 5 Human Values of Love, Truth, Right Conduct, Peace and Non-Violence.
Spiritual journey involves becoming self aware not just of our strengths but of our weaknesses as well, knowing our less positive motives, thoughts, feelings and prejudices and modulating our behavior in light of this knowledge. As our knowledge of self increase,we start to go beyond body and mind identification.
Unity of Head, Heart and Hand is difficult when we identify with the body and mind. When we belive the ‘I’ in us is the subject and everything around us is ‘object’, we are cautious in our actions. We let our ego boundaries down only when we feel safe. We open up with people whom we identify as ours.
Practicing Unity of Head, Heart and Hand in little things to big things makes us fearless. We feel comfortable and at peace with ourselves no matter what the outcome. We do not need to pretend or defend ourselves. As our personal integrity grows, our relationships based on Unity of Head, Heart and Hand are pure, unselfish, honest, free from personal agendas and we do not wear any masks. We form genuine and authentic relationships that will be long lasting.
As our subjective happiness and sense of well being increases, our stress levels decrease and health improves. Spiritual progress can only take place with Unity of Head, Heart and Hand.
So what Spiritual Practices can help in enhancing our self awareness? What can we do to regulate our own thoughts, words and actions first and foremost?
Daily meditation is one practice that helps in growing self-awareness. As the awareness increases we catch ourselves and stop even if nobody is noticing.
Keeping up small promises that we make to ourselves increases the capacity for Unity in Thought, Word and Deed. So, tomorrow when the alarm goes off at 4AM, I know what to do and it is NOT hitting the snooze button.
Another helpful practice is a daily Self-Audit where you examine your actions throughout the day and modify anything that is not congruent.
What do you think? Is Unity of Thought, Word and Deed a required mandatory practice for Self-Transformation?
Eager to hear your thoughts. Drop a line and let me know.
Until next time
With Love and Respect