The episode was so powerful that I listened to it twice.
It’s about Martha’s new book, The Way of Integrity, and being in alignment with your true self.
During the episode, Martha tells the story of the time she made a commitment to go 365 days – one whole year – without telling a single lie.
Martha shares that this was one of the most transformational experiences of her life. She gained a lot, but she also lost a lot as well. She explains that living in integrity will “give you everything you could ever need to be happy, but will cost you everything else.”
Martha’s words caused me to consider the lies, half-truths, or omissions that show up in my life nowadays.
I think about the difficulty I have giving direct feedback to others, the half-truths I use to protect the feelings of those I care about, or the lies I tell myself about my own worth and value.
It caused me to consider what freedoms I might experience if I check in with myself to ensure my words match my true feelings and beliefs. A few questions I’d like to incorporate into my internal dialogue are:
- Am I giving this person the gift of full honesty about how I feel?
- How can I respond in a way that is both fully true, but also respectful and kind?
- What evidence do I have of the internal dialogue going on in my mind?
I actually had two big takeaways from Martha’s interview so I’m going to share the other one next week – which is about the power of stillness. If you want to listen to the episode in the meantime, check it out right here.
As always, I love hearing from you – so if any thoughts or reflections come up for you, I’d love to hear about it!