The way of integrity is the way of being in tune the way a harp or a piano is in tune, and in character the way Groucho Marx, and Betty White, were always in character. Just being who we are, when we are, where we are, how we are, within the context and circumstances of our life-- being what the moment needs us to be and remaining in tune and staying in character within the time and place of our living. Without an eye on what's in it for us, or caring about what we stand to gain or lose, or thinking about how to take advantage of the situation, or reaping benefits, or making the most of our opportunity... Just remaining in tune, just staying in character, and doing what is called for in each moment throughout each day. Meeting the day on the day's terms in our way, day by day. Incredibly difficult. Absolutely essential. Completely dependent upon mindful awareness and a working relationship with the Ten Guides: Emptiness and Silence, Balance and Harmony, Sincerity, Spontaneity and Integrity, Spirit, Energy, and Vitality. Get all those in place and keep them there through regular observation loyalty, devotion and adjustment, and the Tao will be your Mother throughout your days upon the earth.
Our balance and harmony are the early warning signs letting us know that we have moved away from living in accord with the Tao of life and being. (The reality of the Tao at work throughout the cosmos is easily experienced in the regularity --and inconsistency!-- of the tides and seasons, and in the steadiness of gravity. It is the way things work together for the good of the whole. When we are minding our business and doing what needs to be done, things hum right along. When we don't, things don't. And we need to bring ourselves back into alignment/accord with the Tao of life and being.) Finding and maintaining our balance and harmony-- which is done in right relationship with the Ten Guides-- is our responsibility, and requires our loyalty and devotion to regular routine maintenance practice of awareness and adjustment throughout our life. We think it is about making lots of money, socking it away and coasting through our life from one entertaining pastime to another all our life long. How's that balance and harmony?