There are a handful of people who I’ve been able to work with or know who I really look up to. The main underlying thread between them all is that they walk their talk… to the best of their ability.
Because we are ALL perfectly imperfect.
No one (in my opinion, at least) should be put up on a pedestal.
I admire that handful of people because I’ve seen how they handle themselves – in both personal and professional situations – and I can see that as much as possible, they are showing up as their true, authentic selves.
I also know that they are imperfect human beings. They make mistakes just as all of us do.
But they know who they are, what their values are and what is most important for them to show up as bright lights in our imperfect world. They also ALL practice a lot of mindfulness and seva in their daily lives, to help them stay on track.
At their core, walking their talk is an essential part of their being.
So what are we to do, as imperfect beings trying to walk our talk, when we’re faced with a less than ideal situation that might make us fumble and fall off our path?
Our first step, ACKNOWLEDGE
Learn how to become aware – to catch yourself – when you’ve fallen off the path you’re walking on – when your actions are no longer aligning with your words.
The second step is to PAUSE
Don’t do anything. For a moment. Take a breath. A mindful minute.
When we’re being present and mindful, we can catch ourselves, pause and move forward in a positive, supportive direction.
Countless times I have started to type an email reply only to backspace all the way to the beginning and start again. Or just not send it at all.
And that pause could be all you need to get you back on your path.
But… there are going to be times when we don’t pause, And we’re not being mindful. We fall off our path and don’t acknowledge it. Myself included.
Countless times I have said something out of frustration or anger and realized the moment the words came out of my mouth that I wasn’t being mindful… or even polite.
Remember – there is no backspace when you’re actually talking versus texting or typing.
And once you hit the “send” key, well, off it goes just as the words that come out of our mouths.
Whether we paused or not, we all still need to move on to the 3rd step – REFLECT
Reflect on how you can get back on the path of walking your talk. Reflect on what is happening, try to see all sides of the situation. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Then finally – ACT
Take right action – based on the first three steps. Based on inward mindful thought. Take action in alignment with who you are, what your values are and how you want to show up in the world.
Remember, we are role models for those we serve and all who we come into contact with.
Chrissy Gruninger is Pranakriya’s Marketing Specialist, Director of the Intentional Online Marketing program for yoga teachers and the owner of Social [media] Wellness™, a boutique international social media company. She primarily works with eco and wellness companies and individuals, or as she likes to say, “good people doing good things”. With a graduate degree in sustainable living along with health coaching and yoga certifications, she blends a background in conscious living with her business experience and online marketing knowledge, helping her clients bring their positive messages of wellbeing and harmony into the world.