Satya (truthfulness), the second of the five yamas, urges us to live and speak our truth at all times.
I have found that this yama takes more maturity to achieve. The reason I mention maturity is because often we are conditioned from early on to be "people pleasers" even if that means it goes against our "truth".
This type of truthfulness means, for example, if we want to say "no", we say "no". If we want to say "yes", we say "yes". If we need more time to think about something, we say we need more time to think.
It is with years of experience that we realize that our "truth" is what will make us happy, even if it does not please others.
The trick is to find a way to be truthful in a kind way. I've heard some people say that if your intention is kindness, then the truthfulness that you express will be heard from that intention of kindness.
This yama is such a beautiful way to live. In truthfulness and kindness, regardless of the situation.
Of course, that truthfulness starts within ourselves. Being honest and truthful with ourselves, knowing ourselves, trusting ourselves, honoring ourselves, listening to ourselves, and then expressing ourselves in a kind and caring way towards ourselves, and then outwardly towards others. It takes maturity. It takes time.
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