The phrase “eat crow” came into my attention this morning. I’m not sure if it’s a phrase I grew up with, but I certainly was raised with the sentiment (and experience) that humiliation and shame is inherent when one admits that a mistake has been made. Yikes, no wonder accountability is so difficult, no wonder I was never witness to accountability growing up, and no wonder I rarely took responsibility for being out of integrity when I was younger. No wonder I grew up so disempowered.
Restoring integrity is a practice that has nothing to do with shame or humiliation, nothing to do with blame, and nothing to do with badness or wrongness. It is a practice that helps the practitioner stay aligned with agreements, honesty, flow, and well-beingness. It supports the practitioner in showing up for their own precious life.
I restore integrity on a daily basis, in one way or another. Often the restoration happens silently within myself when I have been out of integrity with myself, although I often share these restorations with a community member. And sometimes I have the honor of practicing this in real time, or after the fact, when I have been out of integrity with another, or a group of people. This morning I restored integrity with a client. I am grateful that I have this practice. It is supports me in having the life i desire.
Restoring integrity is a heart and being practice which opens to the wholeness that is, and it allows me to align myself as such.
I teach a restoring integrity practice that I learned from my mentor, Rev. Brig Feltus, in the Matrix Integration Exploration (MIE). I have been watching my MIE 2021 students engage in this restoration practice a lot this week. It is a joy to be a part of communities who utilize this profound practice. We learn together, we deepen together, we become empowered together. #matrixintegrationexploration