Satya, the yogic principle of truthfulness, has been interpreted many ways. One of my favorite definitions of this concept states that:
“when thought, word and deed are aligned, the mind is put at ease. Saying what is beneficial and measured in a pleasant way is truthfulness.”
My biggest issue with learning directly from the Yoga Sutras is that it doesn’t always give you guidance on how to make its teaching practical and pragmatic for an everyday kinda mamas like us!
So while the above definition is good stuff in deed, it wasn’t until the other day when I was reading another (non-yoga) book called “What God Said”, by Neale Donald Walsch, that an even more clear understanding of this concept came.
What was so exceptional about the way he described truthfulness is that he made it incredibly PRACTICAL! And ya’ll know how much I want my yoga to be practical.
So today, I’d like to share with you Mr. Walsch’s words about truth. He writes:
“Decide that from this day forward you will be totally and completely truthful with everyone about everything. (Yeah- he said EVERYTHING!)
This does not mean that you go around telling people that you don’t like the clothes they’re wearing or the way they’ve chosen to do their hair, but it does mean that when you are asked anything specifically, or engaged in an open two-way exchange on any topic whatsoever, that you reveal yourself utterly and completely, standing totally naked and allowing yourself to be absolutely seen.
When you are expressing yourself and experiencing yourself as Who You Really Are, you will have no fear of this experience.
Indeed, you will invite it and eagerly await it.
FOR HOW CAN ANOTHER KNOW US FULLY OR EMBRACE US COMPLETELY IF THEY CAN ONLY EXPERIENCE US PARTIALLY?
That is the question before every human being in every relationship.
Life invites you to answer that question with the greatest courage, and Life promises you that if you do, you will receive the greatest reward.”
What are your thoughts on Satya (truthfulness)? How does it show up in your life?
Could you use more peace, energy and focus?
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