Sacred Principles of Yoga, Part II - Satya

“This person that I am talking to is boring.”Satya and the Sacred Principles of Yoga

“My father was mean to me.”

“I wish my husband expressed his love or me more often.”

“I no longer want this person to be my friend.”

“I’m sorry that I hurt you.”

Today’s Sacred Principle of Yoga is Satya - the principle of truthfulness, living in integrity, speaking your truth, being authentic and not lying to yourself and others.

Have you ever tried this? Have you ever spent just one hour paying close attention to everything you say, simply to make sure that it lined up with your truth?

For many people - myself included - it’s often difficult even to honor simple, basic cravings or deeply felt feelings. I love chocolate. I enjoy and want sex. I love eating popcorn and watching 30 Rock. I don’t like my girlfriend’s dog. I like to be alone. These are my truths, and there are many more that are even more difficult to say out loud.

What do you risk when you make it your own personal goal to always speak your truth? You may create awkwardness. You may create conflict. You may lose some friends. However, you many also dissolve awkwardness, lessen conflict and gain a very close friend (or two!).

This is because the biggest risk is that you truly expose yourself. You express that which makes you feel deeply vulnerable. And that is really, really hard!

But, the more you live the life of Satya, the more you hold yourself with ease, the greater you understand yourself and the more you observe others with empathy. More people with similar values will gravitate to you, which will in turn make it easier to speak your truth.

Try it now. Make it your intention to spend the next 24 hours speaking only what feels true to you.

Be authentic.

Click here to continue to Part III - Aparigraha

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maria philipose... 7 years ago

my life choices allow me a lot of honesty and it is beautiful. even then, as the years roll on...i realise there are still some things, some people that i allow in my life with excuses like they need me ...they are used to be being around to hear them out always and so on...and after a while it occurs after first subtly and then strongly that they refuse to make choices that work for them, for fear of being alone or fear of uncertainity. Next thing you know, its been a very long time of things just not working out for them and listening in to all that repetitive negative thoughts even of another is counter productive to the decisions i have been taking to find my path. it is a tough one to admit. as it makes you feel selfish (not that is wrong when seen as self-ish and opposed to other-ish). so a month of travel and collection of toxins to the people in the city as i refer to my friends, i can feel the need to breathe and resurrect. slowly.
and in the process find some of my own layers as well.
they are.