Can you imagine being outside on a night of the deepest midnight blue? The silence. The stillness. The sense of potential, of imminent rebirth. Awe. Just you and the cosmos. You might feel terribly alone and small in the face of such infinity. Or you might feel at...Read More
Yesterday I was listening to Bréné Brown talking about wholehearted living and how she became aware of people who lived this way. One thing she said is that they told her that they were very focussed on living in a way that they knew they were enough. Bréné had been talking...Read More
Last week, I met up with a very dear and long-term friend. Since we had last met, she had become increasingly affected by rheumatoid arthritis, a very painful condition. I mentioned that I thought that this was an autoimmune condition, and as the words came out of my mouth, I...Read More
These pictures of a magnificent snow leopard from Dublin Zoo are here as they remind me of something Roger Steare, the Corporate Philosopher, said on a radio interview. Dr Steare works with corporations to assist them in coming into greater integrity, into values-based...Read More
There has been so much conditioning against loving and valuing ourselves. In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, self-denial was seen as a great virtue. But denying ourselves, in the sense of denying our worth, not only damages ourselves. It also ripples out into...Read More
Have you ever noticed that when you learn a new word you come across it everywhere: on buses, ads, radio or wherever? That word was probably always there, but you just didn’t see it because it wasn’t on your radar. And even more so, when you commit to focussing on...Read More
Love is one of our greatest aspirations. We can talk a lot about it and march it around our various modes of cultural expression. Yet it is also something that we can fight very shy of. We can easily project it onto our outer worlds as a means of avoiding it. We often want...Read More
A life of integrity is one where you get increasingly more in touch with your core values, with what is most meaningful to you in your heart and spirit, and then realign your life and behavior accordingly. Integrity is not just about being honest and trustworthy, although...Read More
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Welcome to the newly birthed Life of Integrity website.
Have you ever had a vision, an idea, a hunch, that you followed and that became far more than you could have imagined at the beginning? There was an inner certainty, a knowingness.
Birth implies growth and potential, an ever-growing and ever-expanding expression of creativity, of learning from experience, of new connections.
And that means that the vision that I describe to-day is more like an embryo, an acorn from which, who knows, a mighty oak-tree may grow in the fullness of time.
This website is the garden that will nurture this seed as it begins to grow roots at the same time as it reaches out above the soil to expand and bear fruit.
Thank you for visiting the Life of Integrity website.
In our time, there is a widespread heartfelt longing for integrity on the most profound and intimate level of our being.
As you will see as you browse through these pages, we are looking at integrity in a very broad and also deep context.
Initially, you will notice that many of the writings explore the nature of the self, from different perspectives, as well as our relationship with both the world around us and our personal values.
Integrity, as we are realizing more and more, is much more than basic honesty or keeping our promises.
Do you ever choose a gift for someone based on what you would like yourself? I know I do!
The contents of this site reflect what I would like to find in a website: a mixture of short, medium and longer writings, short and long quotations, resources and much more.
The general advice for writing for the internet suggests to write short pieces that are easily read and digested.
That certainly makes sense to me, but I also appreciate longer, more exploratory pieces.
Sometimes I need a thought for the day, a moment of inspiration.
Sometimes I want to mull over an idea and explore it.
Whatever your style, there’s something here for you.