The 8 limbs of yoga, found in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, is an 8-step guideline to quieting the restless mind and finding purpose and discipline in one's life. It promotes inner and outer peace. I find these guidelines to be powerful standards to live by. While I am far from perfecting them, they never steer me wrong. I specifically want to talk about the one about what we say. If we can cultivate this, we can start having more control over our thoughts and actions... instead of them having control over us.
What we say, why we say it, and how we say it matters.
While most of us have likely intuited this as true, challenges arise when this conflicts with our hunger to be heard, to be understood, and to matter. Pair this with our mind's inclination to confuse Truth with personal truth (no one can argue that we feel, believe, perceive, or relate to certain things in our own unique way, but is it Truth?), and it's no mystery why communication can be so challenging.
Covered in the first of the 8 limbs is what is called Satya, meaning truthfulness. Speaking truth is key to achieving clarity and increasing projection, attraction and the power of manifestation. Also happiness. It is said that when one perfects Satya, everything one says will be fully realized.
It can be a tricky thing because truth (or at least what we perceive as truth) can be damaging. So back to the Sutras.
It teaches Ahimsa, or non-violence. It says,
Satya without Ahimsa is not Satya. (translate: truthfulness, when it's damaging, is not truthfulness.)
It is important to consider how what we say will impact another... and if it has a negative impact, it is better to say nothing.
The question to pose is: why am I about to share what I am about to share?
Here are some things I have learned over the years from my teachers and through observation.
Ultimately, these practices alleviate the stress that is rooted in the drama we seeded and from the control we thought we had over our external world. It allows for all of the right things to fall into place to support a rich, purposeful, happy existence.
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House