The Second Yama- Satya


Sat-True essence; Unchangeable
Ya- The state of being



My religion is based on truth and nonviolence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him.

    Mahatma Gandhi (encompasses Ahimsa and Satya)

Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one; the truth is still the truth.
    Mahatma Gandhi

The state of being truthful; your true essence. By mastering your own truth, you innately become receptive to higher truths.

    Patanjali composed the order of the Yamas and the Niyamas (as well as the eight-fold path) deliberately. One Yama is meant to be mastered to set us up for success in mastering the next. As Ahimsa is universal benevolence, Satya is benevolent truth. One must first learn benevolence before applying it further to encompass truth.  Additionally, to correctly live Satya, one must be sure that by living their truth, they are not harming anyone or anything in the process.

    Truthfulness is intended to be lived out in more than just our words. Satya, in it’s fullest expression is an alignment of one’s thoughts, beliefs, words and actions. It is clear that embodying Satya starts at a personal level. Here is where mindfulness exercises can come in handy.

    A quick mindfulness exercise to increase personal sense of truth is to start paying attention to what you think as well as what you say. There are some ‘trigger words’ that are common to throw into our regular language that are more fillers than truthful statements. These include (but are not limited to) I always, I never, I can’t, I should, I suck at, I am trying to, one day.., I want, I don’t have.. The next time you catch yourself thinking or speaking one of the above,pay attention to what follows. Ask yourself how this is helping you to serve your truth.

    The language of yoga is one of self-awareness. Both on and off of the mat, a dedicated practitioner starts to become more of an observer and less of a critical analyst.  Overly analytical, judgmental thoughts and speech are limiting in nature whereas thoughts and speech nurtured by truth and developed from intent rather than habit will set us free.