Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Satya directly translates to truthfulness, it is the principle of living in our truth and speaking without judgement and integrity.
Personally, I view this as the most essential Yama. If your Satya is balanced, then I firmly believe all others yamas fall into place. Your truth will allow you to find balance (brahmacharya), not steal (asteya) others time and kindness, refrain from violence (ahisma) or judgements in both your own thoughts and actions to others, and let go (aparigraha) of everything that does not serve you.
Due to fear, imperfect role models and social conditioning there are few people now in the modern who are living in their own truth. Through the process of my recovery from an eating disorder, this cold hard lesson I hit me like a bus. I had no clue of who I was, what my needs were and had a relentless desire to not burden to others, and to take up less space. I never expressed my needs and wore a many layers of masks for the deep rooted fear of judgement, and rejection. I denied my mental, emotional and physical needs by telling myself all sorts of lies.
Through social conditioning many of us conform half aliveness, waiting but never really living the life we really want. We conform, put ourselves into boxes and try to fit into spaces which weren't ever made for us.
By not denying what we are truly seeing or feeling within ourselves, we are able to establish our own truth, to find greater balance, let go of what does not serve us, not steal away our life and no longer have judgmental or violent thoughts about ourselves, or others.
It takes great strength and courage to admit the truth even to yourself. Once you do...
"don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather follow your own most intense desires." - Franz Kafka
Follow your integrity, your heart and your voice. Find your truth.