The subject of Satya, which means truthfulness, comes up often in our lives. For me, it has shown up in the form of having to tell someone my truth even if it meant they could feel bad. It has also taught me when it’s better to keep my thoughts to myself if my words won’t improve the situation. Practicing Satya means being observant, to constantly keep realigning yourself with your most true and honest self. This month you’ll learn about this simple tool from the eight limbs of yoga that has the power to create big changes in our lives and throughout all of our relationships.
What it Means to Practice Satya (Truthfulness) with Others
Aside from simply telling the truth, Satya means that we communicate in a direct yet gentle manner. It also means that we refrain from speaking when its none of our business or when our words don’t improve the existing silence. Silence is sometimes the best thing you can offer yourself and others. It creates space and makes room for contemplation. When we practice Satya, it teaches us to pause and listen to the internal self. We take the time to question the ego, to explore the reality of the matter at hand, and only then do we respond. We don’t react. In order to communicate and resolve conflict from a neutral and peaceful place, we have to practice restraint as soon as we feel the impulse to blurt something out. We have all been there and said things we didn’t mean in the heat of the moment. What we say has long-lasting effects on those who are on the receiving end, so aim to be impeccable with your word. Do what you say and remember to have empathy towards others when sharing your feelings and thoughts.
Paying Attention to the Inner Voice
Start listening to your internal dialogue and you might be surprised to find just how negative, judgmental and harsh it is a lot of the time. When we start becoming more aware of our internal voice we have a chance at doing something about it. Each time you catch yourself judging someone (including yourself) or thinking about negative things, quickly switch your thought to a positive one. It could be a thought about your pet, a nice place you have been to, or someone who brings a smile to your face. The more you do this, the sooner you’ll begin to crowd out the thoughts that don’t serve you and you’ll be less likely to engage in gossip or judgmental talk. Do the same thing when talking with others. Observe your thoughts about them, pay attention to the energy of their words, and try to open yourself up to seeing things differently if you need to. By reaching a state of loving perception, it will change the words you choose and the things you do.
Stay tuned for new videos with the Satya theme and discover simple ways to apply this concept to your yoga practice and personal life.