Being authentic and keeping our promises

IMG_9553 There is no book that can ever completely cover all the aspects of Yoga Philosophy. But yet the one thing that intrigues me the most is the concept of Samadhi, which to be is a state of complete self-awareness and total peace in the body. To me, Samadhi is a state of mind and I do believe that one can achieve complete self-awareness and total peace for moments in life. Samadhi is the representation of the ideal outcome upon the fulfillment of the Yamas and Niyamas. One of the Yamas is Satya – that of truthfulness, non-telling of lies, a person firmly grounded in truth whose actions are in accordance to his being. To me, I understand this as being authentic – Authentic to oneself, and authentic to others – it is only when we are consistent in our values internally and in its portrayal to the outside world, will we achieve a sense of stability and peace within our body. Let me put this in context as a real-life example. For me personally, I would like to be someone who has integrity and is loving. If I am consistent with practicing these values in my day to day life, and people around me – from strangers to friends - tell me that they genuinely see love and integrity embodied in me, then I would say I have achieved a certain degree of Satya. The degree of Satya would be increased, when being loving and truthful is less of a deliberate effort on my part (where I have to consciously remind myself), but when it becomes a part of me - when I embody these values even when nobody is looking, or even in extremely challenging situations which test my patience or ability to be kind. I think honesty is something that comes hand in hand with authenticity. It is hard to be an authentic or truthful person if we are prideful or we let our egos overcome us, being unwilling to share with others or deliberately hiding some information just to make ourselves look better. It is less easy to be honest if we are habitually making excuses, or justifying why we did not keep to our promises to ourselves and others. I am not a perfect person; but my daily conviction and prayer is that I continue to learn from my failures and imperfections, and walk a path of truthfulness and love.

With gratitude and love,

Clara (200hr YTT Hatha/Ashtanga, Jul/Aug 2015)


  “I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise”  ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free