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Satya


If we take one thing to be the truth and cling to it, even if truth itself comes in person and knocks at our door, we won’t open it.  ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

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Satya is the second of the Yamas (Restraints) of Yoga.  To me, it is one of the most complicated concepts.  Some aspects of truth can seem fairly obvious:  Did you steal the book or not?  But others can be less clear:  Is the painting beautiful?  Is this policy good?  Is that man kind?  Questions like these lead us to our opinions, the fruits of our perspectives born of our experiences and often, indoctrination.  How can we make room for truth when we are afloat in the seas of perspective: personal and societal?  How can I soften my hold on this lifejacket buoyed by my personal truth, keeping a hand free to grasp the lifeboat of ultimate truth should it come floating by?

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