Truth be told

When in doubt, tell the truth. We all know this saying. However, I don’t think many of us grasp the full concept of truthfulness. For most of us, our moral upbringing has taught that we must speak the truth to others, yet we are often lying to ourselves. Most of us do it unconsciously, believing the stories we weave for ourselves so deeply that we misconstrue it as reality. How many of us have bought jeans 2 sizes too small believing that somehow our pelvis would compress and we would later fit into them… (They’ll fit tomorrow; I am sure of it.) How many of us have been stuck in a bad relationship or friendship, always thinking that somehow you will wake up tomorrow and magically all of the problems will disappear? How many of us have told ourselves over and over that we will never be a runner/dancer/singer/doctor/ or any other chosen profession, hobby, or moralistic ideal? If you are like me, you have done all of the above and so much more. We become so used to lying to ourselves that we often no longer know what the truth is. Satya, one of the 5 yamas or ethical restraints in Yoga (similar to the 10 commandments) requires truthfulness in all yogis. No matter how painful, life-altering, or personality-shifting, we must speak the pure and honest truth to ourselves as well as to others. Speaking the truth within that ever-present inner-monologue just might change your whole being: you will find out who you really are and what you really want in this world. After all, this life is too short to spend leading someone else’s life. And that’s the truth.

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