From the Editors
Every second we choose to nourish ourselves in a way that supports or depletes our lives, and to think and speak about other people in a way that is honoring or dishonoring. What choice are you going to make today?
~ Greg Braden
Living into Authenticity, written by Thomas Capshew, is our lead article. Capshew says that being authentic means that the self we present to the outer world is consistent with who we are on the inside. Having integrity is when our thoughts, words and actions are in alignment.
Our television viewing choices are an area where we may exhibit character inconsistencies. Certain “reality” programs, serve mainly to ridicule and demean its participants. In all probability, this is why most viewers tune in to these “shows.” However, we can not take delight in the degradation and humiliation of others, and still profess to be caring, compassionate souls. This is not authenticity—and this is not living with integrity. The reality, is that this is cruelty.
Why would anyone (millions) actually enjoy, and even revel, in other people’s pain and failure? Misery loves company? Perhaps it’s a matter of our own feelings of powerlessness. Does it make us feel better when we see others appearing more foolish and worse off than we are?
Gossip is often another method used to boost oneself. Almost all of us have occasionally veered off in that direction. But the next time you are about to spout some unflattering remarks about another soul, keep in mind these words by Leo Aikman: You can tell more about a person by what he says about others, than by what others say about him.
I do not pretend to be living every moment of every day authentically. However, being mindful of what I say and making viewing choices aligned with who I want to be helps me maintain my awareness of the higher choices, that we are all capable of.
Starting with the holidays, and continuing throughout the new year, we can all practice authenticity. We can choose to support life-affirming entertainment and activities, we can speak kind words instead of hurtful remarks, and we can offer compassion and forgiveness over blame and revenge. What choice are you going to make today?
In Peace & Gratitude,