There comes a point where living the truth inside you becomes more important than worrying about the consequences of living it. It is a courageous threshold to cross, as your truth will likely not align with everyone else’s, and you’ll probably upset someone, somewhere. Sometimes truth comes out as a compassionately curated statement spoken gently and with love, and sometimes the truth comes out like a bomb, propelled by an eruption of emotions that could not be held in any longer, just barely finding its way into comprehensible words.
Sometimes the pieces need to be picked up later.
Sadhguru said – Being in truth simply means being yourself.
Unapologetically so. Were we taught that it was kinder to hold our truth inside as a way to prevent hurting the feelings of others? But in doing so we hurt ourselves.
The practice of Satya – truthfulness – is a path of honoring ourselves, and of honoring others. We honor ourselves by not holding back. We honor others by offering the truest presentation of who we are, allowing them to feel into their own receiving. It is a release of control, and allows truth to be a collaborative exploration. This is me, this is you. How do these truths interact with one another?
To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life.– Chogyam Trungpa
It’s not always going to be pretty, and sometimes apologies are necessary. But letting the truth out, in any fashion, is a victory.
(art by Tilly Campbell-Allen)