This week we're continuing on our path of bringing yoga into everyday life with the idea of Satya (SAH-t-ya) which means truthfulness. You can check out tips and ideas over on Instagram.
Much like non-harming, which we discussed last week, satya is not just not lying. The full practice of satya is an unending search for truth in our lives, and then trying to express and embody it fully. I know, right? Big stuff.
Before we go too far down this rabbit hole, it's important to remember that the practice of non-harming still applies! So this doesn't give you a free pass to tell your friend her shoes are F-ing ugly. Even if it's true.
Ok, back to truthfulness. Let's start with the basics. Doesn't it just feel better to tell the truth? Not a mean truth, but tell the truth with kindness. Then you don't have to hide things or avoid saying something. I hear so many people describe it as "a weight off my chest," whenever they "come clean" about what they're thinking or feeling. Even if we just stop there, honesty has major benefits for our daily life experiences. Full stop.
To take this further, though, I like to think of truthfulness like integrity. As you continue to practice loving kindness (ahimsa) toward yourself, over time, you can start to see that who you really are, what you really want, and how you perceive the world has inherent value. By leading with that love toward yourself and others, expressing that truth through your words and actions doesn't seem so bad. Instead, it starts to feel like you're doing your part to contribute and make the world around you a better place.
Here's a little exercise to help you get there this week:
Every time you notice that you're avoiding a conversation or telling a lie (white or otherwise), as yourself what you're afraid will happen if you tell the truth. If you liked last week's judgment journal, I suggest you journal a bit about it. You'll probably find more hidden judgments within the fear of being honest.
To help you confront this fear, consider what would be a kind way to be honest about what you're feeling. When you find a kind way to express the truth, it usually feels exciting, not scary.
Let me know how it goes!