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Happiness, Harmony, and Integrity July 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

When our thoughts, words, and deeds are not in harmony, we know it.  We feel splintered, fragmented and incomplete.

When each aspect of our being flows easily to all others, that integrity creates happiness, harmony, and self confidence because we know who we are without using an external reference point.

Integrity => Soundness => Completeness => Wholeness => Happiness

So how do we increase the integrity in our life?


Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.

That determination forces you to look within, and use your internal compass to guide your actions.

When you stop looking to others for guidance, your life becomes your own.

You become Captain of your ship, able to make immediate adjustments and corrections when you veer off course.

Instead of looking outside yourself, you look within.

In time, what you think, what you say, and what you do converge.   You achieve inner harmony.  You have reclaimed your power.  You are complete.

And that integrity instills you with happiness.

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1. theonlycin - July 22, 2010

I find no quotation that can add value to what you have already said here my friend. Well put.

nrhatch - July 22, 2010

Thanks, Cindy.

When we know who we are . . . we will know how to live.

2. kateshrewsday - July 1, 2013

Reblogged this on Kate Shrewsday and commented:
Today, continuing the Shrewsday Reblogging Festival, here’s Nancy Hatch of Spirit Lights The Way. I love this post, from back in 2010. It sort of sums Nancy up. Sometimes, her words remind me of a beam of light.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

Thanks, Kate! This Reglogging Festival is definitely a FUN way to spread some light around. 😀

kateshrewsday - July 1, 2013

This was a beautiful post, Nancy. I think we had not met when it went up. So glad you asked me to do a little searching.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

I expect so, Kate. This was very early days on SLTW ~ almost 3 years ago. What a wondrous journey it’s been.

Thanks for sharing.

3. Morgan - July 1, 2013

Very nice…I love the quote by Ghandi. I would only venture to add that, for myself, without focusing on my spirit, which is led by HIS Spirit, I would be lost.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

Spirit Lights The Way. 😎

4. Waywardspirit - July 1, 2013

Maybe I had to read all those books just so this sounds simple.
But Oh.
“Integrity instills you with happiness.” It’s not about try, practice, thou shall not. Yet, all that work has been needed just to understand and value integrity. So, all along I was seeking happiness, and thought it was just hard fanatical work.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

Using integrity as a compass leads to happiness. Using happiness as a barometer leads us to integrity.

It’s hard to have one without the other. 😀

5. SidevieW - July 1, 2013

Indeed, being at one with ourselves makes life sensible.

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

So much better than inner contradictions and disharmony.

6. Carl D'Agostino - July 2, 2013

Beyond spiritual integrity, integrity in all one’s dealings in daily life is one foundation upon which to live which seems to preempt most difficulties and distractions.

nrhatch - July 2, 2013

Yes. This post is not limited to spiritual integrity. It has to do with ALL our choices as we move along life’s journey.

7. colonialist - July 2, 2013

‘Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.
That determination forces you to look within, and use your internal compass to guide your actions.’ – valuable stuff, that. I’m glad Kate reblogged the post.

nrhatch - July 2, 2013

Thanks, Col. Using our inner barometer / internal compass results in better decision making (most of the time) than when we are swayed solely by what “they” say.

Thus far, Kate has reblogged familiar-to-me posts from you, Andra, and here. I’m looking forward to seeing what she chooses from those I am less familiar with.

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