It may seem pretty self-explanatory but sometimes truthfulness is the hardest thing of all to practice. It means not only being truthful with your words (unless they will be harming) but being true to your heart, to your soul, your feelings and thoughts. Ana Forrest, a yoga goddess, is all about being a truth speaker. About owning your past, owning your thoughts and speaking what you KNOW to be true from your heart. Do you practice this? There is a whole new world of peace when you start to live your truth, and live from your heart.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Ghandi
On the Mat
Truthfulness and non harming intertwine as will many of the philosophy ideas. You need to ask yourself each time you step onto the mat. ‘How am I today? How is my body? How is my mind?’ You need to answer truthfully so that your practice will pay homage to your body and mind – it will work towards balancing its state – whether that is strengthening or restorative.
When you go into an advanced pose just because you did it yesterday – even though you are working with an injury today – that is a lie.
When you are asked if you are being as productive as you can be with that moment…. You hear an answer, you hear your truth… but do you act on it? Do you rest in childs' pose? Or do you engage more muscles to support your lumbar spine a little more, and come back to the breath to be more productive.
Can you ask yourself whether you are doing a pose to feed your ego, or whether you are not doing a pose because of fear (fear you might perceive yourself to fail)??? Can you answer honestly?
Self assessment answered with Truth is imperative to a safe, fun and productive yoga practice.
Off the Mat
Satya can be hard – or feel impossible if fear is involved. Sometimes we know our truth but fear prevents us from making that transition to living our truth. Whether it’s our beliefs, our opinion, a job that is challenging, a friend that no longer serves us or a souls dream to chase a new land, or purpose we need to start tapping into our truth and living it. See if you can start to not only politely speak your truth, but also start living your truth a little more. If you have no idea what your heart is saying or what your soul wants... MEDITATE. Meditation is the way to knowing your truth, heart & soul.
#01: Observe your day. Observe how many times a day you say a mis-truth. Not just a lie, but something that doesn’t sit right with your heart? Perhaps you are simply agreeing with someone at work when you truly do not agree, or perhaps you said yes to something that you really wanted to decline.
#02: Before you speak see if you can hear your truth first, and then speak and act from that place.
#03: Try some automatic writing to find out what your inner truth is. Sit down with some paper and a pen and just write. With no judgment at all just let the words flow through your hand and see what your internal truths are write now. If you are not sure about where to start try a more structured approach. Write down these questions and then write down automatic answers…. Don’t think. Just write…
#04: Try meditation. Try dedicating at least ten minutes to meditation each and every day. Change your attitude to meditation to a habit - something your body/mind needs every day...like sleep, water, air. Keep a journal and watch your own evolution.
Speak your truth, act your truth, be your truth.
With love Korinne xx
KORINNE McNEILL: Yoga is life for Korinne. Creator of the Green Room Korinne is grateful everyday that she gets to share her passion with others.