This week, I had a meeting with a couple of lovely yoginis (lady yogis), whom also happen to provide me a paycheck in exchange for my class teachings – yep, in any other industry they’d be my bosses. They asked me some fairly esoteric and pointed questions with the expectation that I would come clean, so-to-speak, to my level of comfort. These questions leaned toward the direction of where my life-path is headed, and I responded that I’d answer any questions they had because, “I’m living satya this month.”
I share this silly little anecdote, not because it was profound in any real way, but rather because I want to demonstrate that our Playful Yogi blog is not about telling you how to live a more purposeful, kinder, or better life. Instead, we choose to live purposefully, kind, and as yogic a life as we can, and we want to share with you what we, as critical thinkers, know to be true about living a yogic lifestyle – just in case what we have to say resonates in any way with how you choose to live your life. Said another way, ‘we practice what we preach,’ and this month the focus has been on satya (truthfulness).
To be truthful is to be vulnerable, the vulnerability to let our guards down and live our honesty out in the open. And being vulnerable is terrifying… I am incredibly lucky to work for some truly amazing people, across all dimensions of my working life, and yet being completely honest with my bosses, coming clean, is still terrifying. These women, in the case of the anecdote above, in-part hold my livelihood in the palms of their hands, so to be truthful without fear of how they may interpret my words could be, in some cases, like stepping onto a verbal mine-field.
We face this potential mine-field in every situation, not only at work, but in every aspect of our lives from our intimate-personal relationships to our dealings with those seemingly random (a topic for another time) individuals we encounter in our daily lives. Our egos decide what is ours; maybe it’s something physical, tangible to which we can hold on. Maybe what our ego decides belongs to us is a trait, a characteristic which we possess and cling to for dear life. Regardless of what we choose to hold on to, though, the truth is that those things, those aspects of ourselves are more often than not, are worn as armor in an effort to guard ourselves from the hurt, i.e. our protective mechanisms.
We as individuals want to protect what we perceive as “ours,” that is instinctual. Think about it, have you ever noticed how animals will only expose their bellies to people whom they trust, why because that’s the position in which animals are at their most vulnerable. But, as beings with the ability to reason, we’re given the choice to follow instinct alone or to challenge instinct and take action even in the face of fear. And we typically only do so when we first feel safe.
But, what would happen if instead of letting our egos protect us, we leveraged our egos – in some case let go of our egos – and practiced vulnerability; opening ourselves up to give and receive freely, without abridgement in every situation? As I have practiced satya (truth) over the last several weeks I have come to believe in its power; understanding that by allowing our vulnerability to stem from a place of love we begin to live it, satya this righteous form of truth which can open us up to many scary and wonderful things. Yes, we need to be cautious in some situations, but living a truthful life doesn’t stop us from being cautious. Instead, it helps us to live our dharma (purpose) which in turn begins to form a more loving, kind, and purposeful world. We encourage you to give it a try, what would a month of satya (truth) bring for you?