Speaking Truthfully

When I began studying eastern philosophy, the lessons on honesty and truthfulness were particularly intriguing to me. It isn’t always easy to speak the truth, especially because words can be hurtful,  life is often ambiguous and perspectives can be multiple. I have found these guidelines for how to speak very helpful. They come from the Mahabharata, which is an ancient Hindu text:

Speak the truth

Speak that which is pleasing

But speak not the truth which is unpleasing

Nor falsehood which is pleasing


About Joyce Englander

I teach weekly yoga classes in New York City, which focus on moving mindfully and gracefully with the breath. I believe that learning yoga is similar to learning a language, and the more you are around it the more fluent you become. This blog is an opportunity to share my thoughts and re-visit lessons from class; to create a bridge for students to translate their classroom experience into real life. I am interested in how practicing yoga can help to improve people's lives and reduce needless suffering.
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