Posts Tagged ‘satya’

Satya: truth in word, thought, and deed

October 12, 2009

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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The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga

September 25, 2009

Compiled by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, the Eight Limbs are a progressive series of steps or disciplines which purify the body and mind, to enlightenment.

1. Yamas- Restraints
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The five Yamas are:

Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

Satya: truthfulness

Asteya: nonstealing

Brahmacharya: Moderation

Aparigraha: Non-attachment, Non-possessiveness

2. Niyama– Observances
Self-discipline and spiritual observances.

The five Niyamas are:

Saucha: cleanliness, Purity

Santosa: contentment

Tapas: dicipline, austerity

Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self

Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God, awareness of the divine

3. Asana– evolution of your personal practice
Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga.

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4. Pranayama– Breathing
Breath control

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5. Pratyahara– Drawing senses inward (prepares us for dharana)
Withdrawal or sensory transcendence, the conscious effort to draw our awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli.

6. Dharana– concentration (prepares us for Dhyana)
dealing with the distractions of the mind itself.

7. Dhyana- Meditation or contemplation (leads to Samadhi)
The uninterrupted flow of concentration.

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8. Samadhi– Superconsciousness
One with everything

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