Definition

dig·ni·ty | [dig-ni-tee] | noun

  1. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
  2. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; - said of zen, manner, style, etc.

In your course of trials and tribulations, it’s your inner discipline that will maintain your dignity. When you treat yourself and others with dignity your treatment recognizes and values the sanctity of human life.

“Self -respect is the root of discipline, the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say No to oneself.” – Abraham J. Heschel

It’s difficult to fly freely if you have never experienced a fall. Dignity is when you can stand up, brush yourself off, and launch into a fresh new flight.

Maintain your honor, your true worth, and your excellence, throughout everything you do. Be honest, forthcoming, and if you are moving with complete integrity, you have the freedom and the right to be proud of each step you take. Never allow others to push you past your own personal boundaries.

No one else should ever be given the power to make you feel badly about how you manage yourself. Dignity does not discriminate against race, income or gender-it doesn’t care where you live or what you have. Dignity is listening to your moral compass, your golden rule, your inner voice. Remember, if you’re comfortable with your personal choices, it is always possible to move with dignity, even if those around you disagree with you.

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered” – Morton Kondrake

 

Philosophy In Action

This week, walk deliberately, breathe deeply.

"He who hurries can not walk with dignity." Chinese Proverb

Each action should be of impeccable, well–thought intent. Walk tall with your eyes lifted, knowing that you are strong, capable, and in control of your destiny.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

Use this mantra all week, especially during moments that test you.

"I maintain my dignity through my self-control."

Color Your World

The brightness of Sun Orange dispels darkness and is especially helpful when you feel the need to protect yourself.

Chakra Therapy

The sacral chakra has also been called the "sexual" chakra.  Entering this complex realm of sexuality, act with dignity when finding balance with this chakra

2 Comments

  1. Annette Papa
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 8:48 am ·

    Such words filled with beauty and truth. Thanks for taking the time to share that with the world. We can all use a gentle reminder now and again of how crucial walking with dignity is. Thanks again.
    -Annette

  2. Tracy
    Sunday, August 11th, 2013 at 9:03 am ·

    When life throws you a curve ball, it’s easy to act out and want to make others feel as badly as you do. But, all in all, exercising self control and acting with grace and dignity allows you to hold your head high and look back with pride on how you got though a rough patch in life. I look back at times of struggle and I’m proud of myself for walking through them with strength rather than kicking and screaming like I would have done when I was younger. Go dignity!

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