Speak the truth. How simple is that to honor? Yet, do we speak the truth? Even those of us on a spiritual journey refrain from speaking the truth at times. Why do we do this? In order to avoid hurting other people’s feelings, because we get caught up in the moment and say yes to something we would rather not do, and because we have not fully developed as warriors. We hide from the truth because it is uncomfortable. Why is the truth uncomfortable? For me, it most often occurs around me being an introvert and saying yes when I mean no. I want to belong to a greater community so much so that often times I agree albeit my gut is simultaneously sending me messages that this is wrong for me! We all can get caught up in this game of wanting to belong, wanting to please and when we do we no longer speak the truth.
These words resonated with me today, not that I am an habitual liar; on the contrary I am honest to a fault some have said. And therein lies part of the issue about speaking my truth, where I go when I am less than authentic. I people please. Phew, there, I spoke the truth. I people please! I have found myself caught up in romantic relationships trying to please the ones I am with all the while knowing I was doing a disservice to myself. I have over committed to volunteer activities when I knew I was not comfortable with what I was agreeing to and more. This has gotten me no where in life, other than being dissatisfied in some fashion or another and often times in the case of romantic relationships, burned to my very core. I have come to realize this is my responsibility, my karma so to speak, what I need to learn. Some of us are slower learners than others (read my story about My Awakening Experience). None of this matters, for the beauty of it all is that each day I can come to my perfect self, my yoga mat, my meditation cushion, my heart and begin again to speak the truth.
Will you speak your truth? It is my belief that if we all made this our daily practice, our world would be much clearer. I know some will challenge and scoff at this statement, saying it is impossible to always speak the truth. It is not. The truth is what we must live in order to be authentic to ourselves, and to the world. That is not to say we have a license to be rude, disrespectful or mean. It is about peace, harmony and practicing integrity with your word. You are perfect just as you are; there is no need to agree to something that doesn’t make you comfortable just for the sake of saying yes. Sometimes no is the correct answer. Just speak your truth.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ~ Marianne Williamson