Truth Be Told- Satya

Compass pose variation

Compass pose variation

When the mind becomes clear and serene, the true Self reflects without disfigurement, and we realize the Truth in its own original nature.
— Swami Satchinadananda


The second of Pantanjali's Yamas is Satya; truthfulness.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has told a white lie, because I didn't want to hurt someone's feelings.  It's hard to be honest at times and I'm a major people-pleaser, so this one was difficult to understand and practice.  Practice here is to speak the truth with keeping in mind non-harm - practicing Ahimsa, the first yama too.  Thinking about what kind of impact those words would have on the receiver; will those words be of help or hinderance?   Speaking in a way that uses the right speech and teaching yourself to speak in a non-judgmental way, but coming from a place of observation.   

Words are seeds that do more than blow around. They land in our hearts and not the ground. Be careful what you plant and careful what you say. You might have to eat what you planted one day.-
— Unknown

Be true to yourself.

Satya teaches us to come to stillness and really tune into what truth is for us.   Living our truth is different for everyone and that's the beauty of life; we all have our own paths to follow.  Yoga is a great tool to help you listen to your inner compass of truth.  Tapping into your intuition can help lead you to a place of being in alignment with your truth; taking heed when the body is telling you this is not right for you.  That's living your truth.  Maybe it's a job that you genuinely hate or a relationship that doesn't fulfill you anymore.  Be truthful with yourself and take the steps towards living that life that does fulfill you in every way.  

Be true to yourself, honest to yourself. That is what it is. If your conscience says I don’t want to do it, don’t do it. If it says you should do it, you should do it, got it?”
“If you tell a lie, your whole body loses its strength.
That is why it is said ‘speak the truth; speak pleasant truth.’ Don’t speak unpleasant truth and don’t speak sweet lies. This is the ancient Sanatana Dharma.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Self awareness is key with practicing all of the eight limbs.