Risk & Business Magazine Waypoint Winter 2021 - Page 7

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH yourself up for not saying what you really wanted to on that phone call , congratulate yourself for noticing the habit of avoidance or sugarcoating . Then , make a vow to call the person back or set an appropriate time to revisit the conversation .
Sometimes , it takes awhile to develop the clarity of what we really want to say and how . It may be necessary to remove ourselves from the emotion of the moment and pause to drop into your center , or Core Self , and feel what is underneath the surface and needs to be said .
Yes , this is a nearly universal tenant in the world ’ s ancient wisdom traditions ( the Bible , the Yoga Sutras ).
In yoga , Satya , or Truth , is the second ( only after non-violence ) of 10 lifestyle foundations ( yamasand niyamas ) that naturally set us up for freedom and happiness .
Unequivocally , when we live a life based in truth ( actions and words ), we are happier . It may be the road less traveled , and seem a little more arduous at times , but all those little ways we lie to ourselves and each other clog and sap our energy and unconsciously hold us back from what we really want . We end up wasting a lot of time when we drag our feet and stall instead of facing the music . Often we end up depressed or negative and aren ’ t sure why – but our energy is actually turning in on itself and on some level we feel this self-abaondonment and mistrust .
Truth cuts through illusion . When we speak truth , we are wielding a sword . It slices the fog of illusion and sugarcoating . This will liberate every single relationship you have and not only set you free , but every other person in the circumstance or moment , as well .
Your Truth is subjective . It may not be anyone else ’ s truth or they may very well have their own version of it . However , your Truth is valid ! It deserves to be spoken . It deserves to be heard . We can ’ t control someone else ’ s perception , but we can give our truth a voice .
Before you begin to speak , take a moment to drop in + let go :
– Feel into your center . – Take a couple deep breaths .
– Get grounded and dissolve your attachment to any outcome .
– Release your attachment to it being heard or validated in any way from the outside .
– Know that your speaking truth and standing up for your inner voice is enough .
Many of us did not have role models who demonstrated healthy communication . Perhaps , you had a sibling who was always dominating the conversation and you could never get a word in edgewise . Or you were one in a long line of siblings and home was chaotic , loud and overwhelming . Maybe , your mother always deferred to your father and never voiced her true opinions and feelings . Or maybe your family was living a pack of lies to cover up alcoholism , sexual abuse or family secrets . These patterns are deeply ingrained and it ’ s necessary to lay down new tracks in the unconscious mind .
Practice this mantra every time you feel yourself hesitating to speak your honest opinion and state your needs :
“ My voice is necessary . What I have to say is valuable .”
Give yourself permission to be heard . Your truth is just as valuable as everyone else ’ s !
Speak your truth — not just out loud , but in the written word , too . +
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