When we honor our promises towards ourselves and other people.
When we are responsive and communicative towards others.
When we are respectful and kind and treat others the same way we want to be treated.
When we engage in what we know to be ‘good’ behaviour…
All these positive actions will contribute to a good conscience.
A good conscience gives a sense of inner peace, satisfaction and wellbeing. It helps us to sleep well at night. Good conscience helps us build strong relationships. And it impacts how much flow, energy, goodwill and abundance we experience in our lives.
How do we succeed to live with good conscience…?
Our inner intuition and guidance will tell us when we are not doing what we believe to be our best behaviour. We know right from wrong. We feel the difference if we pay attention. When we make good decisions we feel light, when we make selfish or bad ones, we feel heavy. Check in with your heart and body next time you are faced with making a choice.
So, if we all carry an inner guidance of what it takes to live with good conscience – why do we make choices that bring good conscience all the time?
There are a few reasons according to my experience. One is that we fool ourselves by thinking that we can get away with ‘bad’ behaviour. But we don’t get way with it; ‘bad’ behaviour will always backfire.
-Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull claims that, “your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.” He encourages us to “listen to it carefully.”
Another reason we stumble and make poor choices, is that sometimes we let our talents carry us away. Our strengths can turn to be our greatest weakness, if we do not pay attention.
For example, I am very enthusiastic about connecting with people and living life fully. My enthusiasm and energy draw people into my life, however, because I do so many things, I do not always have the time and capacity to follow up with everyone that I engage with. I love to contribute to the wellbeing and joy of other people and not to their disappointments – but sometimes I regretfully do – and end up with a bad conscience.
So – I need to be more careful, create less promises and expectations, and/or organise myself better.