The second Yama: Satya or non-lying

You will have noticed by now that the yamas, when translated to English, are negations. The reason for this is that they are meant to be things we will refrain from doing (restraints). The second Yama is named Satya which is translated to non-lying, meaning to be honest with yourself as with others. However, keeping in mind the first Yama, this means to speak the truth as long as it is not in the intention of being hurtful to others…

For me, being true to yourself is at the center of this Yama. We all accept too much crap, for far too long. Being honest to yourself means acknowledging how you feel and respecting that. Sometimes it may also mean that you have to let go of certain relationships in order to bring balance back to your life as you understand that these no longer serve you.

Many will challenge and place obstacles in your way, but if you dedicate yourself to being truthful, these won’t slow you down for long. Sometimes it can be hard to pursue as you are brought back to memories of the past, by the presence of others or by becoming aware of an event, but it doesn’t change the fact that this remains the past. Life is now, the reality is in the present, going back will only delay you moving forward.

Knowing the path you have to take is far much easier than walking it. By being true to yourself and to others, you invite people in your life who will also bring these qualities in their relationship with you. And once these qualities start pouring into your life, you will feel rewarded and grateful for those around you and for the perseverance you have demonstrated in being true to yourself.

So today, I am grateful for the path I have been walking as it has led me to meet amazing people. True friends also continue to fill my life with love and friendship on this journey. Be true to yourself to end this suffering. Look around you and see the few or many who really appreciate you for who you are. Namaste.

Spiritual journey?

Hmm, I don’t know, not sure, but I guess I will in a few days… My turn to leave the world and take on my spiritual journey. Never done this before, but I guess there’s a first time for everything, right?

Although I know that one can never truly be prepared to face something like this, I think that this is the right time for me in my life to do so. I feel that I have come a long way in the last few years and that this is my path. I have met many new sisters, not always physically, and I have renewed bounds with dearest old friends, you know who you are, I hope. Thank you for being there and for sharing your thoughts and feelings with me, but also for reading and supporting my ideas: it means a lot to me.

As I prepare for this adventure, although I have a long list of things to bring, I almost feel like there should be a non-material list! But then I thought, hey, I should bring my pillow! I am lucky to be in a great place in my life right now and I am thankful for it everyday, ok, sometimes after my morning coffee granted, but I am aware and that’s all that counts.

So why am I taking this journey? I wouldn’t say that it is something I have always dreamed off, rather something I feel I have to do at this point in my life because I am there. When I was explaining to some where I was going, they were surprised that I wasn’t off traveling to Thailand or India. In reality, it would be great to go practice yoga there, but then again, in this case, I do not need to go to a different physical place to be in a different mental state: I am already there.

So this is my last post for a little while and as I write these words I think of my lotus sister who just came back from hers. Radiant with love and joy, you have come in contact with what you were seeking. Your perseverance for life is incredible and I wish you much renewed health. I leave in hopes to learn more about myself in order to be able to serve others more truthfully. Namaste.

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