Satya - My Word for 2019
This last summer I decided to pursue my passion for yoga by applying to Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness out of Minneapolis. Since my acceptance I've found myself rooted to the many practices and historical teachings that come with my training. I've never been so passionate to integrate what I'm learning into my daily life. Learning how to create a daily practice that not only consists of physical movement (Asana) but breath work (Pranayama) and meditation is changing my life. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. I'm a new student and I realize that I have a life's worth of learning to do. Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutra written some two centuries after the life of Jesus, demonstrates in five specific ethical precepts called yamas, which give us basic guidelines for living a life of personal fulfillment that will also benefit society. Instead of a New Year resolution I decided to take Satya, the 2nd of the 5 yamas, and apply it as a way of living this 2019.
Satya is a word from the Indu Sanskrit Language meaning Truth. Now, before you think I'm crazy for a choosing a word with such a simple definition, it was the virtue of the word that had me hooked. Satya is seeing and communicating things as they actually are, not as we wish them to be. This can be challenging since we all perceive life through our own thoughts, belief systems, and past experiences. We don't realize it but those things shape what we see, and with that being said, none of us experience events the same way. Example: Trained scientists, whose job it is to be completely objective, can sometimes disagree on their results. This has to do with their thinking patterns, mindset, and sight as an individual.
To me, Satya is all about individual truth. It's all about inner integrity as a deeper and more internal practice. It's about being honest with myself. I constantly used to think I was unhealthy. I used to tell others how unhealthy I was...but was I really?!? There was no text book writing that stated "Allison Grippe is unhealthy" as a concrete fact. My clouded perception was the only thing that gave unhealthiness the power to become a truth in my life. I knew that I created that truth...which positively meant I could replace it. I defined what health meant to me and I realized I was a very healthy person. My truth is now health and vitality!
In this situation I first had to live through Satya by being truthful that what I was thinking wasn't serving me. Then I had to be truthful with the possibility that I could take charge of my life and change what I was thinking. Finally, I had to live that truth by creating habits that implemented new ways of thinking. To change this single belief I had to do a lot of self-work that included reading affirmations, talking to coaches, and having break downs on my mat. All of it was worth it! I no longer want to stay in bed all day...instead I want to explore, live, and experience adventures with the people I love.
Little by little the asanas, pranayama, and meditations release more truths. Satya is my word because as I continue to develop a mindful practice more truths are appearing. Trust me, not all of them are as intense as the one I listed above. A lot of the truths that come up are positive and help connect me to my Dharma (purpose). It's just as important for me to listen to those truths as it is to change the ones that aren't serving me. On all levels, I've noticed that if I'm more truthful with myself, that naturally the universe pours more positive people, events and situations into my life.
Clearing the fog allows more light to shine through! Here is to a Satya filled 2019! Namaste!
(P.S. If you have a word dedicated to 2019, I'd love to hear what it is!)