“No, I don’t mind at all. I’d love to help out at your daughter’s bake sale.”
“Of course I can have that to you in an hour.”
“Sure, I can lend you the money.”
And, in the words of SJP, “Stilettos are comfortable.” (No disrespect to the queen of Manolos intended.)

The fibs we tell others and ourselves seem trivial at the time. But they add up, tallying into one great big ball of anxiety and stress (or a at least toe and ankle pain). The blessed relief of telling the truth can free us from over-burdened PDAs, boss-directed rage, money madness, and, well, blisters.

Yogic philosophy powerhouse Patanjali includes Satya/Truthfulness in the Yamas–the first of the eight limbs of yoga and guideposts for being the healthiest, happiest person we can be. Though he probably wasn’t intending to save over-booked career people from burnout, we can put Patanjali’s records into use in our busy modern lives anyway.

Let’s try this one on for size: “Actually, [insert drama-causing, health-depreciating activity here] doesn’t work for me. It’s not going to be a part of my life anymore.”


Philosophy: Satya

August 19, 2008