One concept I work with in The Way of Joy is what I call “Integrity Activates Change”. The way I see it, in order to create change — to pivot what you don’t want into what you do want — requires being able to acknowledge and embrace your “whole” self — including all of your history, both “positive” and “negative”. Then I believe you are better able to make self-respecting choices that integrate all of who you are, including all of your different aspects or inner voices.

The questions I often return to that guide me back to my own integrity, the embrace of my whole self are:

  • Do you feel aligned with your vision and your passion?
  • What do you do when you hit roadblocks?
  • Even when something frightens, angers, or demoralizes you, how might you use it?

The next performance of Living Arts Playback Theater will be Traces of the Trade: An Afternoon of Film and Interactive Theater on the Legacy of Slavery on Feb. 4.

What is a challenge you’ve grown from that contributes to who you are and what you offer others?

Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Classes and WorkshopsBook: The Way of JoyCD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.