- by Daniel Aaron
While my book already has much more to say about the yogic practice of Satya, here is a tidbit from the work in progress…
I frequently get the question: “how often do you practice yoga.”
What people mean by that is usually related to the physical side of yoga, asana (posture). Fair enough. I give that response too – usually it’s 6 days a week.
The more important response? Every moment of every day.
Practice, right? The key word is practice.
The second key word is yoga. When I say I practice every moment, I mean in the fullest sense of what yoga means – remembering the truth of who we are. In yoga terminology the aim is Samadhi, realizing ourselves to be the same as the highest (sama – adi), God. If that sounds too lofty or airy-fairy, we could call it being happy, at peace, irie.
Two key practices that go hand in hand, inseparable, are honesty and kindness. Satya and ahimsa. And while it’s not advisable to practice asana all day, satya and ahimsa can (and we benefit from) constancy.
Because this topic is so important and valuable, I’ll have plenty to say about it in the book. For now, though, let’s go straight into application and skip over the philosophy of it. As I’m in the midst of writing about, and therefore deepening my own understanding and practice of it, I see it everywhere.
A few nights ago I was about to leave home to meet a friend for dinner. I picked up my 7 year old daughter to say ‘see you later,’ and out of my mouth came: “I’ll be back either just before or just after you go to sleep. Either way we’ll have a cuddle then.”
My partner – who would be putting our daughter to sleep – looked at me puzzled. I got it right away.
“Actually, I won’t be home by the time you go to bed. I’ll come in and give you a cuddle whilst you are asleep.”
The look on my partner’s face helped me realize my lie. I knew I wouldn’t be home before she went to sleep.
Continue reading One night out and three lies (or almost) discovered.