January 24, 2012
Satya ~ Truthfulness
The second Yama, and focus in classes this week is Satya. This is truthfulness, and is also multifaceted. Being truthful surely means speaking, acting and thinking truthfully. But is also means being true to oneself, and in relationships with others. One of my most memorable teachers, Michael Stone said “It is always best to make decisions using our gut, our heart, or our tongue…and allow the mind to only relay these decisions to ourselves and to others.” This is referring to using our intuition to guide us, and trusting in this process.
Practicing Satya, means being real rather than being nice. How many times do we “sugar coat” things we say out of fear of hurting someones feelings? Satya doesn’t give us permission to be a crabby person, it means coming from a place of authenticity, always being yourself instead of putting on various “hats” for different situations. When we act with Satya, we are the same person in every situation or setting, and being our true selves beneath the make-up and attire. It means doing right the first time, and allowing for the freedom of self-expression.
In Deborah Adele’s book on The Yamas and Niyamas, shes states “Truth rarely seems to ask the easier choice of us. When we are real rather than nice, when we choose self-expression over self-indulgence, when we choose growth over the need to belong, and when we choose fluidity over rigidity, we begin to understand the deeper dynamics of truthfulness, and we begin to taste the freedom and goodness of this jewel.
Living the life that cries to be lived from the depth of our being frees up a lot of energy and vitality. On the other hand, suppressing that life, for whatever reason, takes a lot of our life energy just in the managing of the pretending.
I often hear people say ‘I just don’t know what to do.’ I think more often than not, we do know what to do; the cost of our realness just seems to high at the time.
Truth rarely seems to ask the easier choice of us. In the moment to moment details of our daily living truth asks us to pay attention and to act correctly the first time.
Can you imagine speaking and acting so correctly that you never have to go back and apologize or make a new agreement?
We must be willing to take the risk to tell ourselves the truth and grow ourselves into someone who can trust themselves. Being truthful with ourselves makes us trustworthy, and frees up all the time we normally spend in guilt and regret from our dishonesty.
Because of its marriage to nonviolence, truth has a fluidity about it. There are different flavors the practice of truth takes when it is partnered with the love of nonviolence. The compassion of nonviolence keeps truthfulness from being a personal weapon.
What we believe, whether we are aware of that belief or not, informs everything we do and every choice we make. To be a bold person of truth is to constantly look for what we are not seeing and to expose ourselves to different views than the ones we hold sacred.” As Yogiraj Achala reminds us “What are you not seeing, because you are seeing what you are seeing?”