Your Radical Permission for Truth

By Scott Moore, Conscious Life News

If it hasn’t happened already, there will come a time when you stop trying to produce that infallible vision of yourself and allow the radical permission to be exactly what and who you are. This permission revolves around the yogic principle of Satya or truth.

To be honest with who and where you are, both your strengths and weaknesses, gives you a solid platform from which you can skillfully step to the next place. You stop trying to be everything that you’re not and finally find how perfectly you belong exactly where you are.

With intention, direction, work, and most of all, appreciation for your present situation, your dreams of where you want to end up will start to fill out. If you feel stuck, indecisive, depressed, or angry, your truth is to speak to that place. You can speak to all your situations with yoga, an embodiment of all our inner landscapes.

What you want is within your reach; it’s simply laced with a bit of irony: the key to fulfillment in the future is to be content now. If you’re committed to the honesty of where you are and you’re content for what is, knowing things change, you can create a bridge of present content moments, which links you to contentment in your fulfilled future.

Without present contentment, without appreciating the truth of where you are, you may find yourself where you previously hoped for, only to discover your habit of malcontent, and, disgruntlement, wishing you were back where you started or somewhere else. You’re back in the viscous cycle of hoping for anything but what is true, what is here.

Remember, the only way to get there is to be here. And here is always changing.

Your main task as I see it is to understand where you are, where your love lies, and bravely organize your life to focus on what matters most.

I hope that this truth and brave path may lead you to yoga this week.

Here is an offering I learned from my teacher that you may want to use in your meditations:

By the power and truth of our simple practice,
May we and all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May we and all beings be free from sorrow and any causes of sorrow.
May we and all beings never be separated from that sacred happiness which is beyond sorrow.
And may we and all beings live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion.
And may we live recognizing and honoring the equality of all that lives.
 
Sarva Mangalam (May the greatest goodness unfold)

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in Salt Lake City, Utah and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.

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