This has always been important but perhaps no more so than in the present. We are living in unusual times. Some have found new found freedom and joy in family togetherness. For others, this is a very trying time with much concern, anxiety and fear. This is a time to really be mindful of our thoughts and words, to try our very best to be compassionate and kind. The philosophy behind "The Three Gates of Speech" is an excellent way to stay in check and use our powers for good.. Shine your light so someone else can shine.
1. In yoga we place our hands in Namaste (prayer position)
2. With your hands in Namaste put your thumbs on your 3rd eye (middle, lower forehead)
- before you speak ask, " IS IT TRUE"
3. Take your hands in Namaste down to place your thumbs on your throat centre
- before you speak ask, "IS IT NECESSARY"
4. Take your hands in Namaste down to place your thumbs on your heart centre
- before you speak ask, "IS IT KIND"
I feel that Namaste at your 3rd eye helps you know intuitively if it is true. Your throat or speech centre can help reflect whether or not if it is necessary. Bringing attention to your heart should surely help determine if it is kind.
Of course you can just run through these 3 gates of speech without using the Namaste mudra on each point. You can just think, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind before you speak.
Also we must be mindful that truth is not the same to everyone. We have our own truths. In the same way, we may think it is necessary but down deep, is it really? Finally, to ask is it kind, should be a game changer. Even if it is true and you feel it is necessary, say it with kindness.
If you have a choice of being right or being kind,