creating ethics and intentions
One of my favourite part of my courses is a session where we create our own intentions in life. This equates to creating ethics and aspirations ourselves. These go on to describe how we would like to live and interact with others. These become the ethics of our group and define how we are together.
We could think of it as the quality we bring into our actions rather than the quantity, or put another way, more than what we say, how we say it. Sometimes how we do things is more important than what we do. How we communicate often determines whether our message gets heard.
Many religions and spiritual movements devoted much time to creating a moral compass. There are wonderful text we can still read from Taoist and Buddhist monks that describe ?The Way? to live. They can inspire us to create our own ethics, values and highest intentions.
happy with our own ethics
For me it is most important that we engage in the process of describing our own ethics. History suggests that imposing our ethics onto others creates much unhappiness. Here, I hope to inspire you to take a few minutes to describe your own ethics in life and realise what you most aspire to.
creating ethics and developing them
One way to engage in this process is to write out what we feel are our deepest intentions in terms of how we live and our ethics. Keep this alive by re-reading and if appropriate discussing with others. See if you want to update it every month or so. If you want to publicly commit to your ethics you could publish them on your website. I have done so here.
We can use our ethics to hold us to our highest intentions in life. In times of confusion, upsets or distraction we may naturally lose our way. Here our intentions help to keep us true to what we have felt in happier times will keep us true to the journey we set out for ourselves.
Our own ethics can become a part of our self-reflection and evolution. We can re-read our ethics regularly to see if we have remained true them and where we have been challenged by life and as a result we have behaved differently, what we can learn and how could we reasonably be different. Personally, for me it is those who are closest to me that challenge me the most and best test my commitment to my own intentions.
At the same time we do not want to be limited by our ethics and it is for each of us to sense how flexible we wish to be and to what extent a, natural, in the moment expression, would be most healthy. Ultimately our own intentions are a personal guide, rather than a means to judge ourselves or others.
I hope you enjoy spending a little time exploring your current ethics and intentions.
Here are some examples of people?s ethics from my courses.
- Being honest.
- Acting with kindness.
- Being conscious and aware.
- Developing ourselves.
- Appreciating ourselves, life and the people in our lives.
- Freedom through being non judgemental.
- Adding value to other people?s lives.
- Being constructive, positive and provide solutions rather than create problems.
- Being open minded.
- Seeking union with people.
- Being conscious of society, environment and all forms of life.
- Living in harmony with nature.
- Being humble and embracing humility.
- Being true to ourselves.
- Being in service.
- Being appreciative and respectful of each person?s journey in life.
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