Satya - Truth Baby

OK, so I am not great at sticking to any type of timeline or schedule in these early days of summer especially since, with four kids, things have to be super regimented around here during the school year just to keep everyone moving forward (because at some point Ed and I are counting on the kids actually leaving the home).  Early days of summer feel like a big, long yawnnnnnnn.  I did manage to post this pic last week of my interpretation of Satya, which is the second of the Yamas and simply mean's speaking truthfully but speaking your truth in a way that does not cause harm (Ahimsa baby), because let's face it folks, sometimes the truth can hurt... and you shouldn't tell your BFF that her new hair color makes her look like a lunatic.  I am a pretty honest person, I pride myself on not being or acting fake and I am a TERRIBLE liar.  So, honesty to me is just easier.  I am exhausted otherwise and it's  just not worth it so I wanted to spend my time looking at Satya from a different but equally as important perspective.  How about seeing yourself in a truthful way?  I think sometimes we can get really carried away with our "story".  You see, as adults living in the year 2015 we all have one, in fact things like social media demand it.  Let me explain...  What's the first question most people ask when you meet someone new?   "What do you do?",  which is followed by the cooooooool, well versed elevator pitch.  But what if we are all just faking it?  What if we need to be reminded of our awkwardness?  Our flaws?  Our truth?    

 The Littles...  

The Littles...  

This is a picture of "the littles"; aka the little kids of our big family.  The littlest of our littles is my nephew Jayce, the cutie on the left, followed by my niece Bella, my littlest, Tess & my nephew Jaxon.  They are all super cute, super busy, curious & super smart and I just love all of them to pieces.  I will tell you though, with two teens around our home, an 11 year old and our youngest just turning 7 we are in a whole other stage around here which is equally as challenging but on a much different physical, mental and emotional level.  Spending a week at my sister's house can be pretty exhausting, equally as awesome and downright CRAZY.  I kept thinking about a quote from Ram Dass last week during my stay...  "If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family."   Ah, yes...  my yoga for the week.  My truth sitting there inside four little beings of light, ready to mirror me and challenge me on every level, with my lil sister cheering them on in the background (she may have even pulled out a couple of side hurdlers).  Sometimes we get so caught up in the story... ya know?  All it takes for me to feel really grounded and to remember my truth is to be around the people that really know me - the real me.  The dinged up, not so confident, not so sure, not so spiritual me... the one that isn't always patient and can be somewhat aloof and downright grouchy without her morning coffee and quiet yoga ritual...  Spending time with our families reminds us and reconnects us with our truth and I defined this as "Satya" last week because that is what I felt.  Here I am, the truth of me in all of it's raw, unfiltered dinged-up beauty.  It's like having your best friend or your uh, em.... sister... attend your yoga class.  It's uncomfortable...  and oh, so REAL.  Because with these people, your family, your best friend since your 8 - you CANNOT fake it.  You CANNOT hide behind the filtered life that you created for yourself.  The one that you want everyone to see and believe. How is my best friend supposed to take mindfulness advice from me when she's literally held my hair back while I vomited in a toilet in the back of a greasy pub?  Seriously, these people, your family, your closest friends, the kids you smoked stolen cigarettes with in the woods when you were 13 are your MIRRORS; they are in your life for a reason; they are your portal to truth and spending meaningful time with them gives us the opportunity to check in and remember and feel the deep flaws, the un-spectacular self, the kid with no game, no confidence and a big smile of braces...  I feel sometimes, as an adult that we are all just walking around faking it and I need to be reminded of that regularly to keep me grounded, to keep me inspired and hungry with questions. To humbly continue seeking the wonder of it all...  

These little people that I am crazy in love with reminded me of this!  My sister and I arguing about soda at the zoo reminded me of this.  Sleeping in a twin bed with a bad mattress at my Mom's condo reminded me of this and I am oh, so grateful to all of them for loving me in spite of all of my dings.    

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