The second Yama is Satya, or commitment to truthfulness. Satya means “to speak the truth.” However, this can be a challenge to practice in life. It can be difficult to practice Ahimsa (having compassion for all beings) while stating the truth. It also may be undesirable to speak the truth in certain situations. It is important to find the balance between being truthful and having compassion for others.
At times, it may be hard to speak the truth for fear of harming someone unnecessarily or have negative consequences for someone. In order to adhere to both Ahimsa and Satya, is it better to say nothing at all? As compassionate yogis, it is important to be mindful of what we say, how we say it, and how it could affect others. Finding that delicate balance can be difficult.
To truly practice Satya, we must first look within ourselves and find our own truth. It is by having this awareness that will allow us to transfer this truth to others. We must evaluate our self-talk, as they way we treat ourselves can affect how we interact with others in our lives. It is important to assess ourselves and look inwardly to find our most authentic selves and in turn, the truth will exude from us and we will be in more harmony with other beings and the universe.
How do you practice Satya? Become aware of your inner self-talk and dialogue with others. Are you being authentic? Are you being open and honest with yourself and others? Practice being aware of your own truth and being mindful of this important Yama as you travel on your unique yogic journey. It may be that you can set an example for others to find their own truth and feel comfort or even catharsis in doing so.
What are some ways you practice Satya? This Yama can have so many different meanings for different individuals. We would love to hear from you, fellow yogis! Please comment below!