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This entry is the last of the five Yamas- Satya, truth.  (the next two posts from John McAfee’s book ” The Secret of the Yamas” will delve a bit deeper into the guidelines of self-discipline).  Here is a quote from this chapter: “…Love eradicates all personal hatreds and jealousies, and where jealousy or possessiveness exits, love cannot.  Yet, we still insist  to ourselves and to others that we love.  But if we look deeply enough, we will find that the root of our supposed love is our individual need for security, contentment or pleasure,  or that it keeps fear or discomfort at bay.  We use the object of our love as a distraction against the unpleasant, or as a stimulus to pleasure.  Cruel words perhaps, but please don’t simply reject them out of hand.  Look into yourself, without judgement or condemnation, but with simple observation.  It is our condemnation that has originally created this inability to see the truth in ourselves…”

Thanks for taking the time to listen, read and be a part of this stream of consciousness.  Namaste

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  1. In this week’s reading of “The Secret of The Yamas” by John McAfee, we delve into the concept of of Satya, or better known as truthfulness. Satya, which would be considered the last of the five yamas is an ideology that I strongly believe in. As expressed throughout the listening, McAfee further elaborates on the influence of truthfulness as a process of coming to terms within ourselves as individuals filtering out potential lies and deceit. As McAfee stated, “ Our experiences shape our perception of the world surrounding us, in which shapes what is purely true…If our perception is flawed, everything we absorb may potentially be a lie.” In regards to this quote, I feel McAfee is trying to elaborate on the idea of not allowing for false influences to take lead in our lives. For the pursuing and perseverance of non-truth can allow for discourse within ourselves and amongst others.

    Personally speaking, I am a strong advocate for being honest at almost all times. For being honest essentially eliminates all forms of unclarity amongst individuals. Especially unclarity within ourselves – for despite the methodology as explained throughout the listening, and altering the truth depending on the scenario may be most beneficial to the situation,is altering that truth really beneficial to the potential growth of yourself and that person? If we find ourselves telling lies, we will have to learn to live with them, and living a lie is never the way unfold our path to purity.

  2. Tyler Schrader

    In the reading by john McAfee’s book ” The Secret of the Yamas” we now discuss the last of the five Yamas, Satya, or Truth. This seems to be one of the most important aspects of our society and religions. Yet it seems to be one of the biggest struggles that we as humans take on. Truth represents all beauty and love in this world. Without it we would be lost at sea. Truthfulness is important in all aspects of life, both from simplicity to complex. Truth can be life or death in most places and should be taken very seriously. Truth can be a beautiful thing, but it also seems to big a fear. Truth is a weird thing as it can sometimes hurt more than help. Although the hurt will never be as bad if truth is taken right off the bat.

    Truth to me, is of most importance in my life. It keeps me full and content when the truth is told. Im always mindful of my thought speech and action through the use of Satya. Even when the time is wrong i prefer to be honest and truthful. When dishonesty comes that when you dig yourself a hole. eventually you will become buried, head to toe in unhealthy falsehood. Truth should be an essential practice for all, and its unfortunate that so many hide behind walls.

  3. I believe that truthfulness is extremely important. I do believe, though, that not everyone is able to tell the truth about everything all the time. Even for myself, someone who has a strong belief that telling the truth in everything is so important, I find it hard to tell the truth 100% of the time. However, I don’t agree with what MacAfee says about love. I think that when you are in any type of relationship, and you love that person you would become jealous if someone were to do something to cause harm to the one you love. Likewise any relationship is going to have bumps, which sometimes might result in an argument. These things however aren’t going to impact the love you hold for a person. I think that if you really love someone, and you are as truthful and honest as you can be with them about anything and everything, anger and jealousy aren’t going to take the love away.

  4. Truth is always bent through our own perception. Knowing and understanding our own filters, the jealousy or insecurity we fill, will always get in the way of true truth. Finding these filters are the first steps to knowing the truth for are selves and is an important step before being able to speak the truth to others.

    Before telling others about an experience, a place or a person you should always ask you self what preconceived notions did I have a bout this and how has it effected my judgment. I think another important thing to realize about the truth is it can change. Something that is 100% true to you at the time might become untrue when you learn new information. Learning to adjust when a new truth is presented to you is very important. The earth is the center of the solar system was true until we learned it wasn’t. Truth can always change when we have more information which means flexibility and openness is important.

  5. I think that living truthfully and within our means is something that is easier said than done, but also however is a proper way to live. As a young adult, my peers and I are in this transitioning phase of life right now where we are all breaking away from our teenhood and entering the world of adulthood at our own individual pace. In the last few years, I have learned a lot about what truth actually is and means in the grand scheme of life. It’s not usually pretty to be honest, but in the long run it is what is meant to come to pass or happen.

    Since I have come to college I have been thrown into situations academically, socially, etc. where I had to make the choice to either be brutally honest with someone or about something or keep quiet and hope things will work itself out. And I have found often times, things won’t work themselves out. We always must do right by what is just and fair. This removes us from obstacles within ourselves and moving forward into the future.

  6. I had always felt that telling the truth was an essential key to a happy life. Even when I was younger I had never felt the need to lie. I enjoyed that it was more of what truths we tell ourselves rather than what we tell others. Though that is a part of it, what we tell ourselves is more important and prominent of our personalities. The more honest you are with yourself, the more honest and healthy your relationships can be.

    Using love is a good example of what honesty truly is. By understanding what the true aspects of your relationships can expose the truths about those relationships. Those who have unhealthy elements in their relationships are hiding the truth from oneself. It does not mean the relationship is entirely unhealthy but indeed being truthful with yourself is what helps you.

  7. I found the concept of Satya to be thought-provoking. The idea that you must find the truth in yourself to be able to be able to do the same. ‘The truth will set you free’ as it were. I found this similar to a time when someone asked me “how can you love others if you do not love yourself foremost?” If you are not able to see yourself for who you are, how can you see others in for who they are? This ties into the example McAfee gave about one feeling self-conscious about seeing others across the room laughing at them when they were really not. It is a challenge indeed for people who are self-deprecating (myself included) to see the truth in yourself and others but with time and dedication, one can learn and be all the happier in their life for it.

    Tying in with this is the concept is honesty. I truly believe that honesty is the best policy no matter what. I can think of practically no situation where lying would have made it better. The truth always comes out anyway and you are only left with guilt and possibly others’ resentment. This goes for not only one’s interactions with others but also with yourself. You must be honest with yourself first and foremost.

  8. Finally the last Yama and personally my highest moral goal “truthfulness”. Satya or the embodiment of honesty sounds like clear goal that almost everyone could get behind. But as point out by McAfee is truthfulness even possible for humans as our sensory system is limited in its capacity to processes the world around it. This is why we even have the term perception. This reminds me of a post modern experiment that took place involving blindfolded subjects and a large elephants butt. Each person was to be blindfolded while they touched the elephant and tried to figure out what they were touching. No one could figure out is was an elephant, but none of the guesses matched up either. It was a a situation that showed how limited our senses are at processing “base reality”. It is only when someone acknowledges there own body self deceptions that they could attempt truthfulness as best they can.

  9. Satya the final yama is about truthfulness and an attempt to find one’s true self removed from their flawed perceptions. John McAfee feels this yama is a way to achieve true honesty and true self and allow for a better humanity. This however is a very difficult concept. It is hard to identify one’s true flaws in perception. However I agree it is important. One of my closest friends at the moment is a young woman constantly dressed in bows and childish clothes. She has a high pitched voice and loves stuffed animals. My first impression was that I didn’t like her because my experience in the past with people like her was that they were annoying. However I had no reason to project past experiences on to her she is her own whole separate person. I was eventually convinced to give her a chance by my other friends. They insisted I had so much in common with her. Once I finally gave her a chance and was honest that my perception was flawed I discovered that, while outer presentations were extremely different, internally we had a lot of similar opinions and interests. So I think this yama has a lot of value and is something I still struggle with but attempt to do everyday.

  10. We are basically talking about being truthful with ourselves. This is something that is really important to talk about, especially with the kind of world we live in. we are living in a world where people tend to lie to each other. This can be good or bad depending on how you do it.

    I always try to tell the truth, but sometimes I might have to lie because it might make people feel better because it’s what they want to hear.

  11. I think the piece of this I really took with me was realizing that Love is not present where jealousy and anger exist. Love neither seeks these things nor entertains them. And I don’t think it has to only pertain to romantic love, mutual love of a friend applies, too. To say you love somebody and still possess these other negatively charged emotions is untruthful. I latch to this particular concept because I believe love, whatever kind it is, is a bridge between people. It strengthens bonds. If we can be truthful in this I think we can continue to implement Satya more and more throughout our lives.

    I think we manipulate truth for some sort of temporary comfort because we don’t want to face the emotions/ consequences that we think the truth might bring. But, living that way isn’t really living. Where is the experience to come from, or the lessons of life that we need to learn? I think to be honest is hard sometimes but to really be that way is brave.

  12. This Yama dealt with truth and perception. As people, we often manipulate what is true simply because of the ways we think.
    The section about love was very thoughtful. The Yama states that love cannot coexist with jealousy and possessiveness, yet these are some of the prime factors in many relationships. Personally, I used to be a jealous person within relationships, yet just like the Yama said, I perceived it as being justified. When my partner wouldn’t respond to my messages or someone else would make a move on them I would find myself being extremely jealous, yet telling myself I had a reason to be when I didn’t- I was just being possessive. It is something I have been working on and I’ve found myself being a little less jealous; this Yama confirmed to me that it’s all about perception and the way I have manipulated the situation in my head.
    We are all made up of opinions, and this background will carry itself into every relationship and every encounter with other people we have. The part about people in a room laughing and how quick we are to immediately assuming they are laughing at us is something I think everyone’s experienced; it is hard for us to separate the truth from what we think is going on, especially when it is never confirmed. This Yama has motivated me to look deeper within myself and try and figure out why I draw the conclusions I do in certain situations, and in the future I’m going to make sure to keep thinking about every possible outcome before settling on the one that fits my internal narrative the best.

  13. Satya, the truthfulness yama, addresses that we must be real, genuine and honest and not to twist truth for our own purposes. We must be ready and willing to put negative emotions and feeling aside to be truthful to ourselves and others. Satya states that jealousy and anger cannot coexist together, that we must understand and see what is underneath what we feel to get to the root. According to Satya, the root of our love is our individual need for security and pleasure, it keeps fear at bay and is used as a distraction to keep discomfort aside. I partially agree with this statement because i believe there a different types of love, the love I have for my mother differs from the love I have for my sister. Is the love discussed only romantic love and if so is this always the case? How would we begin to get rid of this discomfort? The yama also discussed envy and jealousy being masked as success, I feel this is very apparent living within a capitalist and consumer society, that having the newest phone or top position at a job will make someone better and more successful as well as aspiring to do so, when in reality it is most likely envy and jealousy. The end of the audio suggests we must remove this veil of self deception and questions how’d it come about and i’m wondering how we can collectively get rid of it.

    • Big things happen oftentimes slowly, but with vision, faith and consistency. Change is a continuum that have many diligent focused people struggling with their eyes on the prize. OM

  14. I think this Yama is maybe one of the most honest and thought-provoking. I understand this Yama, Satya, the yama of truthfulness to be more about understandig one one’s self and our own being. How we choose to live, act, behave. Who we let into our own lives and who we surround ourselves lift. It is true that we often seek validation and comfort from others, because I think deep down everyone wants to be cared for or even thought of or about. I think the think that many struggle with is that comfort or support does not only present itself through romantic, loving or sexual relationships. In fact the most powerful support I think comes from your self. self-love I think is one of the most powerful things you can give to yourself. I think it is easy to look at our life and immediate examine what you don’t have or what you need, crave or envy. However I think everything happens when it needs to and that not everything is as it seems on the outside. I think it’s important to remember that there are people who really love or support you and they don’t have to be your significant other but a close friend, a relative and maybe even someone you just met. I am currently raising money for my junior thesis film and I’ve already reached almost halfway to my goal on gofundme in one day! What I noticed is that people who I haven’t spoken to in a long time or even people who I knew in passing all reached out to donate and share my campaign. I felt and continue to feel so overwhelmed and having people believe in you and your work and what your do and your passion is a kind of love and support that you should really not take for granted. And I believe these kinds of acts happen big or small more often than we thing in life so we broaden our perspectives and stop looking at what we don’t have or what we are envious of and start looking and what we do have and who is there and present.

  15. This seems to just be harping on the principle of being honest. Not only with yourself but, everyone else. This is something that is extremely important. Just because of the fact that we live in a time that fake news is a thing.
    I think it’s important that you should always be honest as much as you can. You won’t always be able to honest but you should always try as hard as possible.

  16. Telling the truth has never been an issue with myself and others. I feel like telling the truth is often trouble for others. It is easier to lie and live in bliss, what people don’t know is that blissful state will fade away. In this reading, truth is discussed as an actions, if we behave or react to something we are showing the truth of who we are and how we really feel about a certain person and situations. It speaks on the blindness about what we do and we tell our selves that this is the way we can get what we need, when in fact it is jealousy and greed. We lie to ourselves to justify our violence and darkness. this really mad me think, maybe I should re-evaluate myself, maybe I’m not as “good” as I think. I want to further ponder and see if I too lie to myself in order to get what I think will make me happy.

  17. I 100% agree with everything stated in this audio clip. I always tell my friends “All truth eventually comes to light” which is why I never understood how anyone can be comfortable with telling a lie when the risk of getting caught will always exists. Lying is only a form of hiding and escaping from things you are too fearful to confront. When you learn to always be truthful it helps you grow as an individual and further connects you with other people and you find yourself surrounded by a much more peaceful environment, you feel less burdened and more like yourself. What goes around comes around and that includes energy as well.

    – Samantha Diaz

  18. I teared up while listening to this because I think the views presented on love is extremely important. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 4 years but have known him since the 6th grade. It’s been such a beautiful and hard experience especially considering we are in our youth still growing as individuals but there is never any jealousy or manipulative nature in our relationship and it makes it truly beautiful. We also have made a commitment to be entirely truthful to each other even when the truth hurts.

  19. When applying the practice of this Yama in our lives we must first understand that the most important truths are the truths we tell ourselves. Being completely honest with one’s self leads to a much stronger sense of self within that individual. That strong sense of self breeds confidence and self reliance, which in turn eliminates feelings of possessiveness or jealousy when it comes to relationships. If you understand yourself completely, and are completely honest with yourself about your relationships, then you should never have to feel any emotion but love. The reason we feel possessive or jealous of others is because we lie to ourselves about who we really are and what we want out of our journey in life. We convince ourselves that someone is the right person, or that we’re right for someone else so that we may have a false sense of security that gets us through the day to day, but ultimately is a recipe for deceit and failure. If we eliminate lying to ourselves, we will eliminate lying to others because our intimate knowledge of who we are will allow us to grow exponentially. This opens us up to attract someone who shares in this wholesome existence, so that we may experience pure love and eliminate all feelings of negativity that burden us so.

  20. I hold telling the truth very high in my morals. I always try to be as honest as possible with people because I find it strengthens relationships by promoting communication both ways as well as empathy. It is important to know that the truth of a situation is relative, as demonstrated by the examples given. It’s also important to be honest with ourselves and attempt to view things from as impartially and objectively as possible.

    The points of jealousy resonate with me. I have often been driven by jealousy to work harder and improve myself, and while that’s lead to success in what I put that energy into, it’s demonstrated that the attachment to jealousy can only lead to suffering. The energy you cultivate within yourself will only multiply, and it’s important to not cling to the negative energy when it comes.

  21. Truth or in Sanskrit, satya, is the last of the yamas. I believe that truth is something we should all strive for, but I also think it is one of the most complicated morals to hold. This is because every person has so many different ways of seeing the world, that ones feelings, thoughts or prejudices can affect the perception of different events, so a objective truth is nearly impossible to attain. Also there is the problem that people are often not honest with themselves, and how can they relay truth to someone else when they lie to themselves. As McAfee mentions in the reading that ones perception can get in the way of the truth, when a group of people are laughing when you walk in the room, you can assume they are laughing at you, this assumption can then become a truth to you, when it is not certain whether they were laughing at you. I think this is important to remember when you think about what you view as truth, and whether or not it is influenced by your own feelings.

    There were several parts of today’s reading I thoroughly enjoyed, but the one that stuck out to me the most was how if we are honest with ourselves we will see that jealousy and love do not coincide. This I believe is a hard lesson to learn, but is extremely important for any kind of relationship. I think most people feel jealousy, whether it is in a romantic relationship, a friendship or towards someone you barely know at all. I think recognizing jealousy and recognizing that it stems from negative feelings about yourself and then working to change those negative feelings is important. Letting go of jealousy is important, but it is also important not to chastise yourself for occasionally feeling jealous.

  22. Truth like all of the Yamas seems quite simple at first glance, but through the readings, we see a deeper look at something we rarely question. McAfee believes that what we perceive as truth is filtered through our own biases and preconditioning, and is therefore deceptive. This is certainly true it is impossible to take the individual out of the “truth” they are giving. Any information or “truth” ever recorded or experienced is touched by human hands and therefore not absolute, subject to that person’s view. Ask multiple people who experienced an event together and they will each give you a different recount of the event, with even the significance of the event differing between them.
    Where I disagree is there being a universal truth beyond these perspectives. Truth is an idea created by humans and therefore does not exist outside the parameters of its creators. The examples given were simple misunderstandings that had a clear truth to what was actually happening. This is misleading, giving an overly simplified version that is not true to life. Everything is relative to pre-existing notions, even terms like violent that was used in the reading is relative, with no absolute truth. You can believe something is violent and simply a misplaced, but what makes it those things and what makes it true. This does not mean to say that opinion an truth are the same thing, simply that it is more complex than just truth and bias.
    I do agree with trying to remove your biases and look at things objectively. Most importantly looking inward and finding truth in ourselves. But even here we bring our own beliefs, for instance, the idea of love brought up in the reading. This way of looking at love is simply that a way of looking at it through a particular filter. Love like all things has a different meaning relative to each person, each one true. Yet we all understand love when we discuss it, there is still something akin to universal truth in it despite going through different peoples filters.

  23. There were many aspects of this reading I found interesting, some I agreed with and others not. Being true to ourselves and trying our best to understand our needs on a deep and insightful level, instead of a superficial one, are extremely important qualities regardless of who we are or what part of our journey we are on. I found it true that we are all bundles of opinions and we must realize our observations are filtered through the background of our own conditioning.

    I do not think that if we sometimes experience negative emotions, such as jealously or possessiveness, this means that we do not truly love someone. There are so many psychological factors that can cause these sort of emotions. In this case, I will focus on romantic relationships. You may truly love your partner, but if you had a past relationship where you were constantly cheated on or grew up in a family where infidelity was prevalent, it makes sense that you would be more prone to feelings of jealously and possessiveness.

    This is something that I have personally struggled with. But I have found despite this feelings, that growing deeper in love has given me strength to realize what these emotions really are…just thoughts and not truths. This is why I do think love can exist amongst these feelings. I think the ultimate goal of love is to let love itself win over all these negative feelings.

  24. Telling the truth is of the utmost importance in life. By lying to others about certain things, one is lying to themselves. Being genuinely truthful is not an easy feat however. We all have internal bias, judgement, and unsorted feelings that prevent us from being entirely honest. I do think that we should try our very best to be truthful with ourselves and others, even if it isn’t totally objective. We are imperfect beings, so even if we cannot tell the complete truth, we should try our hardest to make an attempt. We also find ourselves as victims of jealousy. It is a natural emotion, to crave what someone else wants, but it is a toxic one. We have to focus on ourselves, and be happy with what we already have.

  25. This reading focuses on the concept of Satya or truthfulness, satya is considered the last of the five yamas. McAfee goes into depth about how truthfulness is a big step of coming to terms within ourselves by eliminating all lies and deceit, he states that our experiences shape our outlook of the world and if our perception is “flawed” everything we take in could be a lie. Pursing a life full of lies and deceit can lead us t live a unhappy life. It is easier said than done to be 100 percent honest all the time but in the long run it can only lead you the right way, he truth can hurt but it does set you free. The statement Yama made about love not being able to coexist with jealousy really made sense because a healthy relationship cant exist with jealousy and we can not lie to ourselves and continue the toxic relationship. He also touched upon how envy and jealousy being masked as success , envy can drive people to be “better” than others but again this is a lie and how can someone be fully content when their drive is pure envy and jealousy. Something I have learned over time is that the most important truth is the one we tell ourselves and this post really backed that up.

  26. Being true is important, whether it is for ourselves or to others. The part in the audio where fear comes into perspective is a struggle I can relate throughout my life. With the small things of being scared of the dark but also when people laugh as I walk by is also a fear I find myself thinking about a lot. Being truthful in a perfect reality seems so easy to achieve, but, in reality, people have their own view on the truth whether it is not telling the whole story to protect someone or unintentionally not telling the whole truth because of insecurities and jealousy. Love, for me, is built on loyalty and trust, even though those are hard to achieve I think they can happen by being true to oneself before other people. If we are in denial of our actions and feelings that will not be a good mix in a relationship, because, it is not fair for the other person whether it is in a romantic relationship or friendship that they will get hurt with the person’s doubtfulness. For example, if an argument with someone close happens, I feel like you should figure out the whole truth on both sides before going on to others how you think the argument played out. Being true to yourself is accepting that you can mess up and accept the consequences rather than running away and pretending nothing has happened.
    When people are 100% true to themselves it is almost like a key to living a better life. Often when people are true to other people with their feelings it can come across as desperate. For example, if someone wants to say how they feel whether it is telling someone they miss them and want to talk again, or tell someone how they feel about them, in society today has portrayed that as desperation. When in reality it is people choosing to be honest rather than hiding and hurting their feelings not speaking up at all.

  27. Satya means telling the truth genuinely. This yama brings out someone’s true essence, which can bring benefits to all aspects to our lives if we practice, Satya. It’s hard to know if someone’s telling the truth because of negative experiences with family, relationships, social media, politics, etc. Extragaration or false accusations can influence our lives and bring us further from the truth.

    We must practice to be true to ourselves even if it ends with failure because instead of lying to ourselves we can brace the outcome, realize the truth, and move forward in our journey. Telling the truth is essential to any communicating relationship because it builds a strong foundation of trust and insurance. Lying to someone often stops us from forming meaningful relationships with others or manipulate others for your own benefit. Jealousy can make someone not tell the truth and that’s a battle with our emotions not with the other person. Learning and accepting that all emotions and situations appear and are in fact not unchangeable, helps us build character and stronger relationships with ourselves and others.

    -Melenie Warner

  28. I would like to think that I am honest with my self. However, I know that I am not. This has gotten me into more trouble than I care to mention. Being honest with our selves allows use to make honest decisions, which can only move us forward. We can even benefit each other through our honesty. but it is not just honesty, we are being mindful of each other and our selves.

  29. I am actually not a very jealous person. I may envy someone who has the ability to do something that I could not achieve now and again, but I dismiss those thoughts very quickly and move on to motivating myself to do something. Sometimes, I do end up getting trapped within the confines of my own negativity though, feeling either trapped or inferior and moving on for the sole purpose of “needing to be better” than what I have been (in the context of certain tasks).

    This is not to say that I am unhappy with my life either, or am untrue to myself. For the first time in my life I feel completely comfortable being who I am. I still feel driven to improve myself academically, in my passions, and in my surroundings (do I need to make any changes to my external environment).

    As for truth, I attempt to be as objective as I possibly can. It is important to be honest with everyone, which may be hard at times, but will strengthen true friendship in the end. Only when one is completely honest to themselves and the people that they are surrounded by, can one enjoy being who they are and others can fully appreciate their being.

  30. Humans have defined words such as truth, but they really do not understand the full meaning of the virtue. Many think that honesty is simply telling the truth, giving accurate and complete accounts of events. Truthfulness to many is not twisting or altering things for our own purposes. However, this is merely a surface definition of truthfulness. Real truthfulness is understanding that many times, we lie without noticing our deception. Every human is bias, and we subconsciously filter events and analyze them based on our beliefs, fears, cravings, anticipation, and past experiences. When we assess a situation in our minds, we automatically come to conclusions which can be far from true. For instance, when people laugh and look towards us, we automatically assume we have done something embarrassing and the people are laughing at us. In reality, this may not be the case. Many of us have felt love, but we feel possessive, jealous, and angry, yet insist we love. Love destroys the bad emotions though, so we are simply lying to ourselves and to others. What we must do is look deep within ourselves without condemnation or judgement. When we condemn, we lack the ability to see truth. We need to see that our envy and jealousy are not ambition and competitive drive. Once we stop deceiving ourselves, we can see that we filter our loved ones, enemies, and neighbors just as we filtered ourselves. We have painted inaccurate images of people in our minds. Once we stop filtering, we can end our continual tragedy.

    I do notice how a lot of people today do deceive themselves. In a very competitive world, we convince ourselves that apathy is the only way to survive. We do not even consider other options. All of us have built walls and assume that many people are the same. Often times, we are hurt by one person, and we immediately think that other people who approach us will also betray us. Acceptance and openness is scary, but it will lead to a better life. I think once we start to see the error of our ways, we can address them and work to be better people. In understanding who we truly are, we can see how we have been judging people based on our prejudice. Then, we can begin to eliminate this bias. Once we look within ourselves, we must not focus on the wrong, but think of how we can be better. Then, we can begin to form meaningful relationships, forgive, and feel true love.

    As I practice yoga in the mornings and at night, I have continued to explore myself and who I am. As I become better at filtering out distractions, I have been able to reflect on my daily encounters, and think of why I do things. I am becoming more truthful with myself, and this is definitely affecting my life in a positive way. I feel that I am more energetic and proactive. I am more open to new ideas, and easier to forgive. I have learned so much from my yoga, and I look forward to continue my journey.

  31. We’ve finally reached the last Yama, woo!! This one’s focus on truthfulness stimulated my brain. Personally, I believe that being honest and the truth are two different things. Being honest means abstaining from lies but being truthful requires being in touch with reality. I’ve always said that there are two sides to every story and then there’s the truth.

    The idea of love and jealousy not being able to coexist in one space is interesting but I definitely don’t agree with it. In an ideal world, sure, no jealousy would exist whatsoever and all that would be left is love. But in being TRUTHFUL, reality causes for imperfect people who fail and often times create situations in which jealousy may naturally arise. Rejecting or denying it only breeds more resentment. Jealousy is an organic reaction to certain predicaments and I think it can stem from a place of love.

    I think being honest and truthful can lead to healthy communication that prevents jealousy which is why this all ties together. Honesty is always the best policy. The closest we can get to an ideal place where jealousy doesn’t exist and love takes primary presence the better off all relationships will be.

  32. The subjectivity of truth is a problem which is at the front of my mind nearly all the time. When people claim that they “know” things, I insist that they don’t know anything at all, rather that they believe something so strongly that they simply accept it as a hard fact. To claim true “knowledge” is fallacy. This paradigm is, for me, directly influenced by Descartes’ “Meditations” (“I think, therefore I am”) — the basis for epistemology. The only thing we can truly know is the reality of our own experience, and everything else is merely a psychological construct that is completely contingent on this one thought. This may be related to what McAfee says about the importance of being true to oneself, as the self is the one thing of which we have direct knowledge.
    I choose to have a very casual relationship with knowledge; for this reason I call myself a “devout agnostic.” I employ this skepticism out of a scientific impulse, as it allows me to critically examine my reality so that I might one day arrive more closely at an understanding of “the Truth”. But necessary in such a Descartian worldview is a denial of one’s own intuition for fear of jumping to conclusions. This is, for me, a problem; I often feel like my own thoughts and knowledge are faulty and not to be trusted. This makes a number of judgment calls very difficult to make. That large man which McAfee described as walking toward me while I’m in a rough part of town would seem like a threat, and perhaps he should; but the skeptic in me says that I have no way of knowing just what his intentions are. In instances like these I find that skepticism is equally as naive as trusting one’s intuition.
    Maybe there is a balance to strike between certainty and skepticism. The answer may lie in developing one’s intuition and knowledge and approaching each thought with a *healthy* level of skepticism that is neither crippling nor irrational.

  33. I don’t feel like I’m in a place right now to be in complete agreement with this. I was in agreement in the beginning in saying that there are things that we believe are true, like walking into a room and having that belief that people are laughing and though it’s not true, it’s just a matter of perception. What Im not in complete agreement with is that love is selfishness. It’s possibly what I interpreted it as and not the exact truth but what I heard was that love is possessive and it’s what someone can do for you that makes love. That doesn’t sit right with me because I love my family and they give me so much stress but I will always love them. One can say it”s due to the years where they were good to me and did things for me but then to flip that, I love my newly born nephew and my dog. Neither has done anything for me. I need to take care of them but I love them completely.

  34. My favorite part of this reading is when they talk about love. Jealousy and possessiveness cannot coexist with love. people think that they canoeist with each other because it is mistaken with ambition. People think being jealous or being possessive is something that shows that they care, but in reality it shows that they are insecure about how they view themselves in their relationship. I’ve always agreed that being possessive and jealous isn’t a good thing in a relationship. Jealousy can drive people to do insane things like fight someone because they was looking at their significant other for example. That is not healthy at all because then where is the trust? You don’t have faith that your significant other is not out there cheating on you. Although cheating does exist, that does not give you the right to control everything your partner does. In the end, you have to let people do what they want so you can see how they are really feeling.

    Another thing that I found true was when the reading said, “We use the object of love as a distraction against the unpleasant, or as a stimulus to pleasure”. I’ve heard so many people say they want to be in a relationship because they are bored or they just want to be happy or so they can prove a point to people. As if being in a relationship is a game. Being with someone and loving someone is a real life commitment and I feel like if you don’t know how to love yourself first, you cannot love someone else. You have to be secure with yourself and know what you bring to the table and what you lack as well. Also, being with someone may take you away from your reality. You may want to live in a haze to forget about the unpleasant.

  35. Sancha or truth, is about honesty. When this reading began, it started to explain perseption. I never really associated the two with each other but it makes since. We often create our own truths based off of the perseption of a situation. This continues the discussion of self awareness, which I will forever believe to be the most important exploration and discovery in life.

    Without self awareness we can not be truthful to ourselves in return we can not be truthful to anyone else.

  36. Chapter 9 is about truth-telling. This chapter talks about how our experiences are interpreted by our experiences. It talks about how the truth of the situation that we have experienced is not always exactly what happened. Our perceptions are shaped by our minds, and this inherent bias does not give us completely truthful experiences. There are many people in this day and age who believe that their experiences of an event are solely accurate when in reality, all those who experienced the event are living their truth. By bringing together each experience we can come close to a truthful event, however, we must also know that all of our experiences may not be a complete truth.

    I have been working on this with my anxiety lately as well because I know that by accepting that my experience is shaped by my anxiety-ridden mind, I know that everything may not be as it seems. By allowing myself to hear other people’s experiences of an event I can better understand where others are coming from and how their perceptions shape their truth.

  37. This is a late submission for Journal entry 9

    Satya can be translated into “truthfulness” – the focus of this chapter. And as the saying goes: “The truth is hard to swallow”. That is because despite being taught in life that telling the truth is the right thing to do, people are not always truthful, whether it is to others or to themselves. This does not mean that people are always intentionally lying or knowingly twisting the truth to suit their own purposes. It is not possible for someone to know the exact truth or all the details of an event that happened in the past. People may get some details wrong or they may omit parts of the truth as to not cause conflict with others. The former reason is due to how people process the information. Based on a person’s beliefs and perceptions or the world, their account of an event may be altered from what truly happened but yet they believe that their account was without fault or bias. Even when shown or told the truth, the person may still refuse to accept it. In the case of the latter, although omitting parts of the truth may come form a place of love, that can be due to a person’s own needs of security and comfort because they know that relaying the full truth may not be in their best interest. It is a person’s own assumptions that keep them from seeing the truth.

  38. This chapter talks about the last Yama, truthfulness. The truth is a reality and all though it is so obvious that being truthful is the right thing to do we still lie to other and sometimes even to ourselves. I think this is where jealousy, possessiveness and anger come in. These three things come from bad places and that’s why love cannot coexist with them. If there is love then you wouldn’t objectify a person, if there is love then there should be good communication to yourself and to your partner, but once possessiveness and jealousy come into the picture then anger walks right in making the whole situation a negative one. You will never be happy with someone if there’s no truthfulness because love wouldn’t be there, and without love, there’s no caring, no kindness, no fairness.

    I used to think that jealousy was an okay thing to have in a relationship, not a lot but a little bit of it I thought it was healthy. After listening to this I realized that I was wrong and it is so true. The truth is the key to a healthy happy relationship. By being truthful to yourself you know what you’re worth and what you deserve, you respect and you trust. Communication is key in a relationship but what if you’re not communicating the truth? then THERE IS NO POINT. Telling the truth to yourself is where everybody should start because before everything there is you, you cannot and should not get into something when you’re not content, and secure of yourself.

  39. There is no selfless act in this World. Think of this idea for a moment, ponder and reflect on all of the “selfless” acts which you have accomplished. While they may have been done as an effort to help others, they always leave you feeling good about yourself and service.
    Love is a similar concept. We love for the purpose of feeling whole, protected, secure and loved back ourselves. In terms of my own relationship, I know that I am able to provide this for my girlfriend and that this makes me feel good. A similar feeling that one feels in the “selfless” act. In return, she brings me joy, comfort and security for my future. I know that together we provide each other with what we need and to me that is love. We embrace the goodness of one another and embody all that it means to love and be loved.

  40. Satya, meaning truth, is the final yama. It means to be real, genuine, and honest. The truth should be told fully, this involves giving others all and accurate description of what is seen, heard, or felt. Without twisting or altering the truth to fit our own purposes. We wonder if this is possible? If we are 100% ready and immune to the consequences can we even tell the truth. Even after confronting the trith it is still filtered through our conditioning from our background. Our interpretations are based on our unique systems of belief, fears, cravings, anticipations, & past experiences. Somewhere in the process of perception the ‘might be’ disappears. We all know love, but suddenly we become possessive of our loves objects, leading to jealousy and anger. Yet we continue to insist that we must keep loving.
    Is it possible for love to coexist with jealousy, possessiveness, and anger?
    Certainly not. They are mutually exclusive. One destroys the other. Love destroys all personal hatreds and jealousy and where possessiveness and jealousy exist, love cannot. We insist to others and ourselves that we love, but this is only a cry from our individual need for security, contentment or pleasure. We use the object of love as a distraction from unpleasant or stimulus to pleasure.
    Do not immediately reject this, look within yourself without judgement but simply as an observation. It is our own disapproval that keeps us from seeing the truth. We are violent and antagonistic but the value of our perception doesn’t allow us to believe this, either through justification or blindness of our actions. We are envious and jealous yet we perceive them as ambition, or a healthy drive for competition. We are filled with greed, material goods, even spirited progress, as we accumulate, we tell ourselves we are being successful.
    We divide ourselves even further from others through vanity, superiority, and still pretend to be teachers and leaders. We filter everything through the seed of our own constructed image. We create similar images in our mind of our spouses, children, neighbors, and enemies. When in truth, our relationships are between ourself made image and images we make of other people. These images are as if they have a reality of their own. It should be clear that telling the truth to another has little meaning ntil we first remove this vail of deception. It is ourselves that we have deceived and it is ourselves that we must first be true. How did this self-deception come to be? and how can we free ourselves from the illusions created?
    I’ve had multiple encounters with being lied to, by myself and by others. One in particular was when I was inlove with the idea I created of someone I liked rather, than the person themselves. One day I finally came to this realization and I felt so stupid about it but realized where I went wrong with myself and the entire time had only built myself up. I think in order not to create these false images the best way to go about perceiving is to take everything for what it is given, they say, what you see is what you get, I although there is truth behind things, I feel that what is presented to you is a momentary truth, and cannot be framed as something else. People put up fronts all the time, trying to be something they aren’t but who they are pretending to be is essentially them for that time being, so how is that not real as much as they or anyone else wants to say it isn’t real, it is, because that is who they are choosing to be in those moments they have.

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