Gemstones for Satya

If you're inspired to carry on the work of satya (truth) and the practice of being impeccable with your word, you may be inspired to wear some lapis lazuli.

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Known as a stone of truth, lapis lazuli enhances communication, and is a stone of friendship and harmony in relationships. It promotes self-awareness and acceptance. It encourages the wearer to be honest and compassionate when dealing with others. Lapis lazuli is a powerful stone for enhancing intellectual ability; a wonderful stone for enhancing memory, it stimulates the desire for knowledge and understanding. Meditating with lapis lazuli encourages images to form in the mind rather than words, encouraging a higher awareness.

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Affirmation: Satya and Time

I do have time

One of the most common untruths we tell ourselves over and over every day is 'I don't have time'.

We all have 1440 minutes in a day; being mindful of how we spend them and our attitude to time can make all the difference in how we feel throughout the day.

Move from stressed and overwhelmed to feeling calm and in control with today’s mantra ‘I do have time’

Journal: Satya

Satya JournalThis week's journal questions are based upon the second yama or yogic principle of satya/truth.

Find a few minutes to contemplate these questions and journal freely about them. Don't edit yourself - let the words flow (honestly!) on to your page or keyboard.

What inspires you to be honest?

What is the most common reason for you to be dishonest, what are your motivations when you choose to embellish, change or hide the truth?
Is it ever ok to lie?

What untruths do you repeat to yourself on a daily or weekly basis?

Satya: The Truth About Time

Satya TimeAre you honest with yourself about your time?
Time is an area of our lives where we are often not truthful to ourselves and to other people. This isn't necessarily intentional but none the less these untruths have repercussions and can cause harm (himsa) to ourselves and to others as well as raising stress levels and anxiety.

We know how many hours there are in a day and how much energy we have to do what we need to, but how often do we tell ourselves that we can get the gazillion tasks on our to do list done, take kids or family members to appointments, visit a friend, cook dinner, bath the dog, clean the house, paint the spare room twice and be in bed by 9pm? This may be a bit extreme but I don’t think I'm the only one that can be a little over-ambitious when it comes to my time!
When we are not true to ourselves about how long things are really going to take, we let ourselves and other people down. We repeat the mantra 'I don't have time to...' to ourselves and feel anxious and overwhelmed.

 

This week, the satya practice off the mat is to become aware of how you spend your time.

Notice when you lie to yourself or others about how long a task may take. Be aware of how you feel when you don't complete it on time or when, as a result, you turn up late to another appointment.
Notice if you simply over estimate how much you can do, or habitually underestimate how long things take to complete (I'm guilty of this one!).
Notice if you tell yourself that you don't spend much time on your phone playing games and scrolling, or watching TV, but really lose 5 minutes here and 20 minutes there several times a day. Could these pockets be better spent cuddling the dog, reading something uplifting, or clearing your head in some fresh air?

Time is our most valuable resource. Practicing satya and being truthful about the hours you have in a day and how you choose to spend them can make you feel in control and less stressed.
Combine this with the practice of being impeccable with your word; complete tasks when you say you will, be on time to meetings and appointments, and be honest with people around you, and you be sure to feel more confident and accomplished at the end of each day.