I have been working with a young woman who has experienced this type of smooth transition toward honesty. She had been experiencing low-level health issues for some time. Mostly frequent colds and an ongoing sense of exhaustion, but mainly it was just a feeling of not wanting to participate in her life. She grew more and more uncomfortable having one-on-one conversations and compulsively used social media to hide from them.
The universal truth of healing
Ayurveda asks us to be honest about what we do and how it makes us feel, which is the law of cause and effect. When you pay attention to what you eat, the amount of sleep you are getting, how often you are pulled into social media or other distractions, you can see the root of balance and imbalance and take steps to move in the right direction.
In Yoga, we call this satya. Satya is one of the yamas, or ways of interacting with the world harmoniously. It is most often translated as being truthful in our interactions with others, in other words, not lying. This is certainly important, but the most important thing about satya is that honesty starts within. You cannot practice satya with another until you are honest with yourself.
When you look at yourself, you’ll find some things you like and some things that you aren’t proud of. But have no attachment either way. Don’t spend your time punishing yourself for all your past wrongdoings. And don’t let yourself off the hook with excuses about why you did the things you did. Instead, approach self-examination with gentleness and action. Rather than look back, live in the present moment. How can you respond to the world as it is today with this new perspective? That is how you can come to know yourself in freedom.
Yield to the truth
But as you walk this path, you may come upon a truth you don’t want to face. You may run away from the light or question if you ever saw it. But when you find yourself in these shadowy places, remember that you are never off your path. Pause here and yield to your truth. Let it be your guide. The path it asks you to walk may be uncomfortable, but you can find peace by letting go of your resistance and accepting what is.
Make space to heal
Honesty is one of the most caring practices you can do for yourself. It is a simple practice, one that is always interesting, and never boring.