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This week we are introduced to the second Yama- the jewel of Satya or Truthfulness. Adele is asking us right from the start of this chapter to look at ourselves once again and look for places where we are people pleasing. Just like worry, we are to look at another trait that we may even pride ourselves on being..."nice." She is asking us to study times when we are nice and rethink them if it is not also the case that we are being "real" in those times. The opening poem asks us to investigate where our yeses are coming from and if we like the answer we get. After reading the whole chapter or just up to page 45 take some time to write in your journal. You may be surprised that if you ask yourself the same questions over and over for a few days, you may find deeper more true answers.
"Week 1- This week observe the difference between "nice" and "real." Notice situations where you were nice. What did this experience invoke in you? What were the results? Notice situations where you were real. What did this experience invoke in you? What were the results? From whom or what do you seek approval? Does this affect whether you act from your "niceness" or your "realness"? "
(From The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele)
I would love for you to share any ahas you have as you make your way through these pages.