The yogic practice of satya (truth) focuses on carefully choosing our words so they do the least harm and most good
The Greek philosopher Sophocles said, “Truly, to tell lies is not honourable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonourably is pardonable”. We must be careful to put ahimsa first and to be mindful that what we say is beneficial in a compassionate and gentle way. According to the wisdom of the sages, it is better to remain silent than to speak a harsh or cruel truth. Before we offer an unsolicited opinion or criticism, the ancients advise us to pause and consider: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Satya also means “authenticity”. There is a great freedom in being able to be who we really are, rather than hiding behind a mask of what we think others expect us to be. It allows us to be more spontaneous and more in tune with our creative intuitive side. (The more honest I am with myself—in a loving, playful, nonjudgmental, accepting way—the more honest others feel they can be around me). When you realise that all you need to be is yourself, then you are finally ready to explore your unique infinite possibilities.
- Don’t change to please others. Think about how many times in your life, you have modified your behaviour to please someone or to prove you are a good person
- Avoid engaging with mean spirited people however if someone offers you constructive criticism, take the time to reflect on it - One should never apologise for being themselves.
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” – Stephen Covey