Do You Lie? Shine By Living Authentically

"The Gift of Truth Excels All Other Gifts." ~Buddha

Do you think of yourself first and lie to others? Why? To avoid confrontation? To hurt another? To get out of accepting consequences for your actions? To evade acknowledgement of your own responsibility? You are self-absorbed? Or in denial about your own actions and feelings?
I do not understand the current propensity of lies lately; from politicians, corporations and public figures it's so common we almost expect it. But to have it come also from acquaintances, colleagues, co-workers, friends, lovers, & spouses? I don't understand it, and it greatly disheartens and saddens me. This is not living well. It's a way to diminish yourself and others simultaneously. Think, next time, before speaking a lie...what are you afraid of? It surely cannot be anything more awful than the energy that gets wasted with the constant fear of worrying if a lie will be discovered. Nor worse than the degradation of your own personal honor, nor the injustice you do to the person(s) you are lying to. Neither is it worse than the silent, subtle effects that permeate our being because we live with lies, avoidance, evasion, dishonesty and insincerity; the upset stomachs, headaches, insomnia, anxiety & neuroses. There is truly no reason for this. What to do instead? Be authentic. Be brave. Face your fears and live fearlessly. Take control of your personal power and do not hide behind a false face. Believe in yourself; be worthy & honorable. In so doing, you honor others. Goodness will follow always you when you do. The Buddha knew that and expressed it ages ago. Remember that living authentically is the only way to truly live well.

4 comments

  1. Facing the inner truth is the most difficult of task and sometimes it is not a pretty picture. Looking away is the easiest!
    We are always ready for the quick fix!

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  2. Thanks for your input! Great point,YogaSavy, especially because it is probably the biggest reason why people lie.
    Doing the right thing is often the most difficult thing. Showing that many of us have much work to do. When we simply take the easy way out, we cannot grow, we cannot empower ourselves with the experience of working through a difficulty, and in this way, we actually cheat ourselves.

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  3. Wonderful thoughts, beautifully expressed.

    Avoidance is my problem because I do not do well with confrontaton and argument, which is what tactfully expressing my true feelings often leads to. Where's Waldo when you need him? Oh, here he is:

    "God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please-you can never have both." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  4. Thanks Mike, for the comps and for replying with such honesty! And it seems to me that if you expressing your true feelings brings confrontation and argument, it speaks more of the listener than it does of you. Yet your fear of this keeps you from expressing yourself, and we cannot grow if we do not express ourselves. And I counter your Waldo with one of mine: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson Forge ahead, try your best to live fearlessly!

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