Your mission in life is not to change yourself, it is to unveil yourself.

Your mission in life is not to change yourself, it is to unveil yourself.

True or False: Inner peace creates outer peace.

Truth. Truth truth truth. You can not heal the world before you heal yourself! Of course, you most certainly can heal others while doing some internal soul-work, but you definitely can’t expect to show up daily for others without an existing practice of showing up daily for yourself.

I’ve been reflecting on “Satya,” or “truthfulness,” the second of the Yamas (restraints) in Ashtanga Yoga. When I first began thinking about Satya, my mind was focused on truthfullness when dealing with others (which is certainly HUGE, but it’s step 2). Step 1 is truthfullness with ourselves. The belief that we should have to lie or not be totally truthful with others (Step 2) is caused by the belief that we have something to hide. So much of our soulwork involves being truthful with ourself.

We are all suffering. No matter how far along we are on our path to self-development, we will all inevitably feel pain. We are human, thus, we are sucked into the human drama daily, thus, pain. Pain is a way for our minds or bodies to tell us that something needs attention. Pain, when mental, is a sign that we have some soul work to do.

Stop diagnosing yourself with things. Stop telling yourself lies that you will inevitably self-fullfill. That is easy to do. When you perpetuate a lie about yourself, then you get the easy job of acting on that lie. You know what is hard? Checking in with yourself and being raw, open, and honest about what needs work. Think about it- which is easier to say/become- “I am bad with relationships” or “I am afraid to become vulnerable.” I am bad with relationships allows you to be bad with relationships. I am afraid to become vulnerable exposes you to that which needs work. It pits you face-to-face with your fear, and makes you recognize that you have to uncover some painful realizations about why you are afraid to become vulnerable.

Satya can be extremely painful, but making it a daily practice builds you up. In order to grow, you must expose your wounds. You must salt your wounds. You must call attention the the weakest part of yourself, and focus on healing it. It will be so painful at first, but after awhile it will be nothing but a scar. It will remain with you, but it will have become a battle wound that you have confronted, laying the foundation for overcoming the next challenge.

Satya is a practice. You don’t suddenly become truthful with yourself and others completely. Satya is restraining yourself from being inauthentic. It is a practice which will reveal your soul and help you become more aligned with your authentic self in thoughts, words, and actions. Your mission in life is not to change yourself, it is to unveil yourself. Truth is that which does not change; practicing Satya is a practice of becoming you.

Your mission in life is not to change yourself, it is to unveil yourself.

Your mission in life is not to change yourself, it is to unveil yourself.

True or False: Inner peace creates outer peace. Truth. Truth truth truth. You can not heal the world before you heal yourself! Of course, you most certainly can heal others while doing some internal soul-work, but you definitely can’t expect to show up daily for others without an existing practice of showing up daily for yourself.Continue Reading

Breaking up is a spiritual practice

Breaking up is a spiritual practice

I would love to move to the mountains and become some type of spiritual renunciate. It’s not hard to live a spiritual life when you are removed from the senses and surrendered in total devotion to the divine. I’ve actually even tried moving to an ashram and kicking it yogi-style for a few months, andContinue Reading

Do no harm in thoughts, words, or deeds

Do no harm in thoughts, words, or deeds

Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas (restraints) and can be translated into “non-violence” or “non-injury.” Welp… that’s kind of a huge topic then, isn’t it? Most of the time, “ahimsa” is used as an, for lack of a better word, argument for vegetarianism. That makes total sense- how can you be non violent andContinue Reading

Be boldly unapologetic of who you are

Be boldly unapologetic of who you are

You are not perfect, and you never will be. You will never have the body you want. You will never be as intelligent as you would like to be. You will never have enough money. Your home will never be as good as your dream home. You will never reach a level of spiritual enlightenmentContinue Reading

Pema Chödrön explains Maitri

Pema Chödrön explains Maitri

Self-friendship. Compassion. Feeling at home within yourself. This truly is, as Pema Chodron says, the path to happiness. Such beautiful words of wisdom from an amazing soul.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

I have had this “song” memorized since I was in grade school. There are so many reasons to love it. The buttery (if monotonous) voice, the groovy 90’s graphics, the VH1 logo in the corner, or the amazing words of wisdom that fill my heart with inspiration for a full 5 minutes. Enjoy, family!

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

I have had this “song” memorized since I was in grade school. There are so many reasons to love it. The buttery (if monotonous) voice, the groovy 90’s graphics, the VH1 logo in the corner, or the amazing words of wisdom that fill my heart with inspiration for a full 5 minutes. Enjoy, family!

Focus on the Four Paths of Yoga

Focus on the Four Paths of Yoga

“The paths are many, but God is one.” Yoga literally means “union” (or yoke). Most people think of Asana, the series of postures that are practiced at yoga studios or gyms, when they hear “yoga.” The truth is, yoga is so much more than that! Over the next few months, I am going to exploreContinue Reading

5 spiritual lessons from Fly Skool

5 spiritual lessons from Fly Skool

The past 10 days were a whirlwind! 100 hours of Bhakti, inversions, vinyasa, sweat, vegan food, and little sleep. Every moment of those 100 hours was filled with joy, inspiration, and life lessons. Here are some of my favorite lessons from the past few days! 1. We must have self-knowledge in order to make aContinue Reading