Our mind tells us stories round the clock. Much of the time we listen, because thoughts feel like truth, like reality. They create alternate storylines to serve our multitudinous needs, and they take up LOTS of space in our minds.

I know my mind is incredibly shifty and sly. It runs non-stop, and usually likes to jump around, interrupt, and convince me I’m either the BEST or the WORST.

From yoga and meditation I’ve learned that I’m neither, I AM.

The second yama is satya. Sat refers to the eternal unchanging truth beyond all knowing, and ya means “do it.” Satya is an active process of aligning with truth and avoiding untruth. Internally, this means we have to take effort to stop the stories, the voices, the inner dialogue that is not based on actuality.

If we’ve been working on ahimsa, the first yama, satya is a little easier. We’re already taking harm into consideration. We can notice how harmful the stories can be to our selves, and those around us. And when we are firmly established in satya, in truth, the Yoga Sutras say that our words become so potent that whatever we say comes to realization (Sutra II.36).


This month, consider how you can actively bring satya into your practice and your life. What’s a story is your mind telling you? Is it true?

Look out for the upcoming Mid-Month Mindfulness Newsletter! Ashley will share a practice that supports the Four Agreements. 

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder and Teacher Training Director

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