If you caught my last post, it was all about embracing our imperfections, transforming or living into those imperfections, and connecting with gratitude and grace.
Today I want to continue on this path to completion by discussing wholeness. Wholeness for me is a sense of integration, a unification, and a willingness to be more conscious of our words, actions, and thoughts.
When we think of what it means to be “whole”, we often look outside of ourselves for completion. We examine where we are lacking and what we need to “add”, or many of us consider what we need to eradicate or get rid of, in order to consider ourselves “complete.”
But the truth about wholeness (at least for me) is that we already have everything we need to show up more consciously. In order to do this, we need to accept the parts of ourselves that are sticky and we need to refine and bring into the light that parts of ourselves that are running on habit/autopilot so that we can make more conscious decisions about how we want to live and what we want to offer to ourselves and to the world.
We are already whole and yet we are also responsible for bringing that wholeness into the light. We aren’t necessarily perfect, but we can be willing to show up as we are and with integrity.
Integrity is the virtue of the Earth element, which is associated with late summer. Integrity is all about taking stock and being honest with ourselves and others. We don’t have to be perfect, but we do need to be clear about our intentions.
If you want to see an amazing depiction of wholeness and unification, I highly recommend Jim Henson’s 1982 The Dark Crystal, which I recently watched for the very first time. There’s nothing to get rid of but there is much to unify and absorb in order that we may be our best selves in the world.