Living in truth

Living in truth

Living in truth: a quick and simple meditation to connect with the truth within you. By Jill Lawson

What does it mean to be living in truth? Since youth, elders have told us that honesty is the best policy. But in adulthood, lies may act as handy tools to evade trouble. Yet lies only serve to harm us and those around us.

Truth is essential to happiness. The practice of ‘Satya,’ from Patanjali’s Eight Limbs, is the practice of being centred in our true selves and living an honest life. Facing the truth of who we are is one of the toughest accomplishments a human will achieve. Every day we are allowed to lie to ourselves and others. When we lie, we suffer. If we practice Satya, we will be at peace. It is the truth that sets us free.

Living in truth doesn’t give us the authority to say hurtful things to people. It doesn’t mean coming out and telling someone their hairstyle is outdated. Who are we to judge? It is crucial to be mindful and know when silence will save you and others from more suffering. Being truthful is a lifelong practice. The following meditation can put you on the path to living in peace by being centred in your true self.

Do it now
Begin in a comfortable position. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that at this moment, you are perfect in every way.

We often lie to ourselves because we are ashamed of the things we do or say. Instead of judging yourself on whatever inadequacies you think you have, practice observing your behaviour without judgement.

What you do is not who you are. At the core, every human is the same; we all share the same light, and that light is our pure and honest essence. Bathe in the glow of that truth. Connect with who you are at your truth centre.

Now, allow your inner glow to extend into all areas of your life. See it shine on your relationships, your work, your kids. Trust that when you expand your true self beyond your innermost chambers, it will feel natural to express who you are, honestly.

When you do this, the need to lie vanishes, and you will be free of the baggage that comes from not telling the truth. It’s okay to be imperfect. We all make mistakes. Release your self-doubt and connect with the truth within you. Refrain from making up a story in fear of what other people might think of you.

Be yourself. And be free.

Jill Lawson is a writer and yoga teacher enjoying life on the island of Maui in Hawaii (jilllawson.net)