Day 21: 10 Spiritual Commandments...on the 30-Day Journey to Enlightenment

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“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ~ Barbara De Angelis
Day 21 Activities:
1) Mantra meditation
2) Minimum 30 minutes of calorie burning
3) Write down everything you eat and sketch your Balance Chart
4) Continue to remain aware of your speech patterns
5) Cut Cords
6) Write down your personal truths (i.e. Your 10 Commandments)

Begin to articulate through writing, a set of guiding principles that are relevant and meaningful to YOUR life
. For this exercise you may want draw on existing codes of life, such as religion, spiritual teachings, your upbringing, your inner compass, teachers and/or you may want to develop your own principles.
Write down your principles. And remember they are yours, and you needn't explain or defend them to anyone. Refer to your Guiding Principles the next time you face an ethical dilemma or difficult decision.
This is not a goal-setting exercise. Rather it is meant to help you articulate to yourself a set of over-arching principles to guide your behavior and to support your decisions. You may choose a different name from "principles"...perhaps, "personal truths", "laws/rules of life", "personal/spiritual commandments", "code of conduct"...

This activity may be a long process that you work on a bit at a time, or it may come to you very quickly. The length of time you spend on this is not a reflection of your commitment - what is most important is that you be thoughtful, honest and realistic. You may also have more or fewer than 10 principles.

You needn't recreate the wheel. Allow yourself to pick and choose from the many wonderful principles that already exist. In fact your list may be exactly as written by, the Judeo-Christian 10 Commandments, Patanjali's Yamas/Niyamas, Buddhist 8 Noble Truths, etc.

What is important is that every principle you commit (or recommit) yourself to live-by truly resonates with you. And if an idea that you were brought up to believe doesn't resonate or feel truthful to YOU, explore it through meditation or writing. Notice what emotions come up. Notice what you feel in your body. I am not suggesting discarding long-held beliefs....but be with them, with awareness.