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Truth. Honesty. The Current State of Affairs.


Truth. Honesty. The Current State of Affairs.


In this time of folx saying whatever they want, does truth matter?

is truth a matter of perspective?

Is there such a thing as broader, universal truths?

What is the relationship between truth and integrity, truth and courage?

How do we speak truth to injustice without screaming into the void and creating more chaos?

How can I speak truth in a way that opens hearts and minds, (including my own) rather than from the edge of the cliff of self-righteousness?

Silence can speak volumes so when is my silence harmful and when is it helpful?

These are all questions I ponder and I want to do this with other folxs.

Satya. Truth. In the Yogic tradition, it is one of the yamas, one of five ethical practices that make up the first of the eight limbed practice of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Satya Sutra

2.36 सत्यप्रतिष्ठायां क्रियाफलाश्रयत्वम् ॥ २.३६ ॥

Yoga Sutra 2.36: satya-pratiṣthāyāṁ kriyā-phala-āśrayatvam

“When one is established in truthfulness, actions begin to bear fruit.”

Sw. Satchidananda

सत्य Satya means truth or truthfulness.

To me, becoming established in truth is a process. It is often intertwined with ahimsa, the first yama, often translated as non-violence. My growing understanding of ahimsa is that it is more than non-injury but actively looking to remove the causes of harm.

I am taking a deep dive into yoga philosophy as a life long student in a year long immersion with Susanna Barkataki and Yoga Class Curator I am also learning from Kazu Haga and Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm

Times are challenging with violence erupting in our communities, in our country and in the world. How do we live in truth, in integrity?

Let’s explore this together. Join me this month either in person or online.

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Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with some of the most amazing people on the planet; hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions, survivors of sexual abuse, adults with mental illness and most recently, incarcerated women. Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue. Locally, Rachel teaches Creative Movement at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Regionally and nationally, she teaches and presents at conferences and retreats, weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation. Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.