Yoga philosophy: truthfulness and contentment

Yoga has a strong philosophy that brings together the mind, the body and the spirit. Its fundamental purpose is to foster harmony between these three elements. Yoga is based on the following ten principles which are all related to positive ethic qualities.

– Non- violence          

– Truthfulness

– Righteousness

– Wisdom

– Simplicity

– Worship of the spiritual goal

– Sacrifice the ego

– Self-discipline

– Self-study

– Contentment

It is hard to imagine in our days that one single man or woman could have and practice at the same time all these qualities and values. Indeed, we live in a corrupted world and a damaged environment within which simplicity, contentment or sacrificing the ego have become impossible or very hard to achieve. That is why once you start your yoga journey; yoga would definitely have a strong impact on you as well as on the environment you are living in.  Let us focus on two of these principles.

Truthfulness – how many of you have never ever lied in his/her life? including the little lies of inconvenience? Not sure that I know one person like that. However, we all adhere to the idea of being honest to ourselves and to others. If you ask people if they want to know the truth, most of them would answer “yes”! But only a few would effectively tell the truth. This lack of consistency between what we want and what we need or do is the factor that feeds this state of lack in truthfulness. Thus, I do believe that before being fully aware about what truthfulness is, we should first be consistent between our needs, wills, and actions. These three shall be aligned. This is the starting point to a truthful and honest path.

Contentment – the state of being satisfied with what we have. Is it even possible in a time where everyone wants more and more? Contentment may be sometimes perceived as a lack of ambition.  Particularly in the professional area of our lives, contentment might be perceived as a stagnation or even carelessness. The current world pushes us to constantly evolve, change, mutate but not necessarily grow. Evolution in not synonym of growth, we can evolve, innovate without achieving growth. Wars and economic crisis of the last century are a good example for that. Therefore, can we practice contentment and at the same time grow professionally speaking?  I believe so. Contentment will help you to fully appreciate what you have, work on it, master it then enhance it. And this is itself a kind of growth. Besides, once others would see your positive contentment, your confidence, and the respect you show towards what you have, they will trust you and offer you more. So, contentment, when truthfully practised, can bring more and not less.