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Satya - The Power of Truthfulness

Updated: May 5, 2023

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

In 2018, I had the pleasure of attending a yoga teacher training in Goa, India where I discovered the Yamas and Niyamas - ten ethical guidelines that have been cherished by yoga practitioners for centuries. These principles provide a path towards cultivating a life that is balanced, harmonious, and fulfilling. One of the Yamas that resonated with me was Satya, the principle of truthfulness and honesty in thought, speech, and action.

I must admit, I've often been labeled as "too nice." While I do believe in being kind to others, there are times when I feel burdened by the desire to be truthful. I yearn to share my thoughts and feelings with certain people, but finding the right balance between honesty and kindness is a challenge that requires skill and practice.

Truthfulness, or Satya, is like a precious jewel that demands integrity and courage. It's not just about avoiding lies, but about living in accordance with our innermost values and beliefs. Yet, why do we often shy away from telling the truth?

Perhaps it's because we fear hurting others or being rejected. We worry that being honest may make us seem unkind or abrasive. However, keeping the truth bottled up for too long can lead to explosive outbursts that are even more hurtful in the end. Instead, why not speak truthfully from the start?

It's important to remember that the truth is fluid, and what we believed to be true in the past may no longer hold true today. Embracing the power of truth means we must constantly re-evaluate our beliefs, values, and views in order to stay current with ourselves and our surroundings. This requires honesty, vulnerability, and a willingness to change.

So, what's holding you back from speaking your truth? Remember, the path of Satya leads to greater clarity, authenticity, and connection with yourself and others. Let's strive to be truthful, kind, and courageous in all that we do.

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