“Truth be told…” Yes, please. “To be honest…” Oh, thank goodness. I’ve always wondered the point of these introductory phrases. I mean, why do we split up with truth in the first place?

Truth is vulnerability on a platter. Truth is refreshing, occasionally painful, but most of all, it is liberating to both the giver and receiver…to say it like it is…like it really is.

Truth is self-recognition. It’s being consistent internally and externally, and giving yourself the permission to speak, breathe, and…live your truth. Truth-telling is when you expose your divinity along with your humanity. When you let the mask slip along with the constant self-censoring of “Am I saying the right thing?” “Do I look good?” “Do they love me?”, realizing that your imperfections make you real and approachable.

Herein lies the truth. We love vulnerability in others, but we are scared to death of it in ourselves.

Truth is not needing to validate your feelings and desires. It’s never making yourself “wrong” for wanting to do x or feeling y or being attracted to z. It’s when you deny the truth to yourself or to the world that things begin to go haywire.

Truth-seeking mantras begin the process of cleansing our truth, which is ensconced in the throat chakra. Use these as a guide to opening up your truth within.

  1. I have time for ____ (insert activity that you love, but tend to make yourself feel guilty or wrong for doing).
  2. I am worthy of my desire to _____ (permission to pursue your greatness here).
  3. I talk the talk and walk the walk of who I am and who I aspire to be. (Want to be promoted to VP at work? Step 1…start acting like one.)
  4. Who I am doesn’t change or depend upon with whom I am interacting. (Do you act differently around your mother, partner, boss, stranger, celebrity? Catch yourself trying to fulfill a habitual role or to impress and…recognize that you are your most magnetic and impressive at the level of Truth with a capital “T”)
  5. If money weren’t an object, I would ____. (How can you bring the essence of that into your life today? Think vision board and expense review.)
  6. I make self-care a priority in my life. (How do you? When do you? Can you add some more this week and every week of 2015?)
  7. I could improve my health if I ____. (Yikes, but yes. One body, one life. Purify the vessel, improve not just the length but the quality of your life experience.)
  8. I find my eyes in the mirror first and foremost. (In the studio mirror, in the bathroom mirror…find your eyes and check in with yourself. See what others may not. See what is going on.)
  9. I listen to the truth in others. (Stop and listen…really listen. What are they trying to tell you? Listen closely and find what is being revealed one level deeper. Try communicating at the soul level.)
  10. In 2015, I will ___. (Get creative. As many as you like!) In 2015, I will buy flowers for myself. The “truth” is I like fresh flowers even though they die, seem a bit exorbitant, and are something that women don’t typically buy for themselves. But, this is the point I realize…and my daughter loves picking them out with me. With her input, I choose the color(s) and type(s) that speak to me. This week, I was drawn to the flowers pictured above, balancing the sacral chakra and symbolizing truth.

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.