My friends, I want to talk this week about the power and importance of the truth. I’ve spent a lot of time in contemplation on what truth actually means, for ourselves, for our family and loved ones, for our society, and for the world. We are taught at a young age that we must always tell the truth, and that the truth will set you free. What does that really mean though? What does that look like when it plays our in our lives? And at what point to we veer from that?
Somewhere along the road, we pick up tendencies to tell white lies or blur the edges, to avoid conflict or even for the sake of manipulation.
For me, the truth about truth is that it is truly the basis of everything that we do. The truth influences every single aspect of our lives, and we can either use that truth to propel us forward or to hold us back.
We all have a different relationship with truth, and in today’s blog, I hope to plant a seed within you, to look deeper into your own relationship with your truth and how you speak your truth.
If you had ever asked me if I considered myself to be an honest person, I would unequivocally answered yes. From the time I was a small child, the values of honesty and integrity were deeply instilled in me. I felt that honesty was a big piece of who I am and what I value.
The truth is, though, I am an honest person, but to a degree. Of course, I try my best not to lie or cheat and manipulate, but I’ve found in the past, I tend to avoid the full truth when it came to people pleasing and adherence to societal standards and norms.
I’m often challenged, when it comes to saying “no”, whether to a person or an invitation. I now see that there is some reason instilled deep within myself that forces me to believe that I can’t just say no, I have to give a reason, and the reason better be good. This is where my inner liar would come into play. Whenever I would feel pressured to show up in my life, I would rack my brain to come up with crafty stories and reasons as to why I wasn’t able to show up. And that story writing is exhausting and completely unnecessary.
Life has provided me many lessons in learning to just tell the truth, especially lately. Rather than falling back into my old patterns, I decided it was time to just gracefully, gently say no. No lies, just truth.
Once I started to give myself the permission to say no, to be confident, and to tell the truth without excuse or reason, my life began to feel lighter and more free. Because the truth is, telling the truth saves everyone’s time, and allows you to show up in life, exactly who you are.
When you tell the truth, in a strong, confident way, you create clarity in a situation, and you create space to allow others to do the same. Telling the truth is the most empowering life practice you can choose to partake in. You’ll feel more aligned, energized, and the people around you will actually value you more for being so straight forward.
This week, I encourage you all to take a look into your own lives and see where little untruths come into play, and just notice it. See how these dynamics play out, see how it impacts your energy, your relationships, and your life in general.
It’s true what they say, the truth does set you free, and how amazing it is to be the ones to gift ourselves this freedom.
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org