As the trees come down, the menorahs are packed away, as the New Years Eve glitter fades, as we throw away the last of our champagne bottles, look at our shockingly low bank accounts, and try to not grimace as we loosen out belts one more notch…. its finally time to say goodbye to the holidays and Hello! To a big bright shining new year with loads of possibilities.
As you sit down and start to think about your New Years Resolutions (’tis the season) why don’t you school yourself in a little #satya first. Word to ya motha.
Satya, or truthfulness, is one of the 5 Yamas. We can look at this in all aspects of our life however, as you are first learning about the Yamas and Satya, I think it is important to first start with yourself. Being incredibly truthful with yourself.
What. Do. You. Want? What do you need? What do you actually want/need NOT what do you think you should be wanting or needing? Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who have you been? Where do you want to go? Where are you going? What do you want to do? These are all questions that we have always asked ourselves or been asked. How TRUTHFULLY do you answer these questions to (most importantly -) yourself and to others? How do we start to truthfully, bare bones, answer these questions honestly?
The practice of yoga is such a beautiful thing for a million and one reasons; Including the fact that it takes the self as this slab of marble and with each breath it chips away at all of these layers and walls we have built up around our hearts and spirit. With each breath the practice chips and chips and chips and chips away to carve out this beautiful sculpture of Atman- our truest form.
As we become more in tune with ourselves it becomes easier for us to speak our truth. To sing our hearts song (think Mumble from happy feet 🙂 <3 ). So we practice. We journal, we write, we create, we yell, we dance, we laugh, we wonder, we wander, we fall in and out of relationships, we fall in love, we listen to music, we make music, we accept really shit jobs and find out how much we hate something and then hopefully we change it. We find amazing jobs and realize how much we love doing something. We go to work for ourselves. We fail. We succeed. We LEARN.
Learning who we are is a lifelong practice. With each day we get to know ourselves a bit more. Hopefully as we learn it becomes easier to speak up for ourselves in a truthful way. It becomes easier to accept we need to push ourselves a bit more or back off a bit more. It becomes easier (kind of) to ask for what we want in our relationships. It becomes easier (kind of) to take risks with love. It becomes easier to figure out what the hell it is you want to be when you grow up, even better, it becomes easier to be truthful and accept that that will always change. If we are truthful in our practice, in our lives, we are truthful and kind with ourselves it will reflect out into our world and relationships.
Ask for what you need. What you really need. Ask for what you really want. Truly want. Give yourself and others the chance to surprise you. Use your truth to speak up or shut up and listen. Use your truth to speak on your hearts behalf. If for no other reason than — For the rest of your life you get to come home to, and lay down with yourself at the end of every day. No matter what. Give yourself the greatest gift of Satya. Be true to yourself and all is coming.
And now…. we practice.
*Seal pose is our peak pose this week. Seals are very communicative. They are known for their strong, dominant, prominent vocals. Seal island may be one of the loudest places I have ever been to on the planet. And it is glorious beauty! Have you ever seen seals taking over a beach? They often out perform the waves of the ocean, the voices of the people, the music at the restaurants/shops. They are verbal mammals. They are also quiet mammals. They listen when it is their time to listen. Seal pose is a heart and throat opener. Truth/Satya stems from an open and vulnerable heart chakra and a very well balanced throat chakra. Play with it in your practice! HOW CUTE ARE SEALS AND PEOPLE PRETENDING TO BE SEALS?!?!?!?!?!?!?