If you know me, you know I love summer. But if you really know me, I also love when the seasons change and the leaves reveal their true colors and we get that cool, crispness smell in the air that, to me, is so inspiring.
For November, we are focusing on the second Yama, Satya. Satya translates to Truth. As with Ahimsa (least harming), there is much more to this than what appears. My favorite quote from Deborah Adele’s The Yamas & Niyamas, is “My biggest fear is that everyone I know will be in the same room at the same time and I won’t know who to be.” It’s my favorite because for most of my life, this was me. I sometimes would describe myself as a chameleon, changing my colors (behavior) for those that I was around to blend in. When I met Joe, I was so happy that he described himself, at one point in his life, in the same way. I think we all relate to this on some level. I’m sure on some level we act differently at work than we do at home.
The prefix “Sat” translates to “true essence” along with “good, true, real, virtuous”. This is important, because Satya is much more than not lying.
The thing is, even though I was behaving differently for the different people in my life, my true essence was always shining through. We can’t hide who we really are. This was really apparent on Halloween. Joe and I decided to dress up as Hippies. When I told some people, they laughed saying, “so you’re not dressing up?”, and “ohh, what a stretch” and my favorite comment on Face Book was from a friend I’ve known since I was 5 years old, “Cute pic, but what were you for Halloween!? ;)” It’s true, my true essence has always been about peace, love, and equality, and while that wasn’t very popular with everyone I hung out, I couldn’t quell that part of me.
The leaves in the fall can’t hide their essence either. When they stop their food-making process, the chlorophyll breaks down and the green disappears, this is a response to photoperiodism, which are just science words used to describe the aging and likely death of a plant or plant part, aka, a leaf. I interpret it like this, and how I have explained to Michael and Melissa when using metaphors on being ourselves: when it’s time for the leaf to stop giving to the tree, it can finally be free, and show the planet the beauty it’s been hiding all spring and summer. Which always reminds me of Cyndi Lauper’s hit. “True Colors” Only one time they have responded with, “but the leaf had to die once it showed us its true colors…” Which lead me down a whole different conversation about the price of freedom. (which is for different email)
For this month, I’d like you to explore who you are at the essence. Do you show up as the same person in every situation in your life - why or why not? If you don’t journal, this is your opportunity, if you are a list maker, like me, then have at it. Make a list for work, family, friends, yourself, etc. and notice what you notice.
Keep me posted. I’d love to hear your stories.
If you are around for Thanksgiving, I’m teaching my annual Gratitude Flow. It usually sells out, so sign up here – it’s so much fun!
Always trying to keep it real,