Last Monday, we shared with you the meaning Ahimsa (aka non-violence), the most vital Yama of the sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We want to continue sharing the Yoga Sutras with you, so on this #MindfulnessMonday, we will move on to the second Yama, which is Satya.
Satya means a commitment to truthfulness. It relates to honesty in its most basic form, for it employs a personal honesty first and foremost. Like with Ahimsa, this is not just an honesty in word, but in thought as well (sensing a theme?) Satya is not about avoiding the outright “my dog ate my homework” lies. On the contrary, it is about confronting the “man in the mirror” truth.
World renowned yogi, Kathryn Budig shares the creed (and the hashtag) aim true, which she describes as the ability to start each day with intention and to maintain your integrity within our world of pressure and influence and criticism. Aim true resonates with us because it is essentially telling us to practice satya. Budig is encouraging us to be true to ourselves in our thoughts, our intentions and our actions, and in doing so, we can create an honest life.
This may seem somewhat easy, however, sometimes it is hardest to be truthful to ourselves. We may not even realize how many stories we tell ourselves to hide from our truth. “I can never do hanuman (split) because I am just not flexible in that way. It will never happen”. Is that the truth? Or, have you simply not practiced it enough? Can you change your mindset about the pose? “My brother and I will never get along. We are just too different”. Are you that different, or is it that you are actually the same? Have you tried to find a common ground?
Our stories begin and end with ourselves. Our truth comes from within and only when we can learn to be truthful with ourselves first, can we practice satya in both thought and in word to others. From this truth, we can build integrity and character and charisma! So, imparting the wisdom from Kathryn Budig, #aimtrue.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.