Satya: truth in word, thought, and deed

Satya: truth in word, thought, and deed

Commitment to Truthfulness – “To speak the truth” Satya is is perfect truthfulness in thought, word and deed, however if speaking the truth has negative consequences for another, then it is better to say nothing. Satya should never come into conflict with our efforts to behave with ahimsa.  With others we need to have the courage to speak and listen to what is true in a loving way.  Satya entails living in harmony and integrity with all that is.

Things you can try to practice Satya

Observe “what is” rather than “what we wish was”

Ask before speaking: “Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it nonharming?”

Restrain from using sarcasm

Do not gossip

Observing truths and non-truths around you in social, professional, familial, and casual relationships

Observe moments when you feel most tempted to exaggerate, justify, or otherwise step away from your Truth

Affirmation for Satya

I am clear about who I am

I speak my truth appropriately

I listen and respect the truth of others

I am always true to myself

Journal Writing Exercises:

In what ways are your actions inconsistent with your speech?

What situations/relationships are you not true to yourself?

Who are you untruthful to and why?

Yoga Posture for Satya -Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1 Posture.

This is a posture of standing forward and being forward in your truth.

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