Published Aug 15, 08 AM
By Kris Nelson
Is it just me, or are the people that have “found their truth” some of the most annoying people around? Whenever I hear anyone preface a statement with “according to my truth” I want to turn around and run. Ever notice that when someone shares something that is an expression of their “truth” it’s typically one of the most asinine things you have ever heard? When a person concludes a thought with “that’s just my truth” I want to say, “have you ever considered that perhaps your truth sucks?”
I ’m not trying to be mean. I am all for truth as a concept. I am a big supporter of truth. If truth had a Facebook fan page I would “like” it. But enough is enough.
People these days spend a lot of time and resources discovering their truth.
There are retreats about discovering your truth. There are yoga classes, meditation workshops, journaling groups, and collage clubs all geared toward people discovering their truth. You yourself might be inclined to discover your truth. However, based on what I have experienced as the result of the collective you discovering your truth, I would honestly prefer that you not. In fact, can you stick with your current self? You know, the self that apparently tells lots of lies? Because I actually like that person better. That version of you doesn’t sound like a self-indulgent four-year-old. He/she sounds smart, normal, and well adjusted.
It might just be me — and perhaps I am in a late, late stage of the my own truth discovery, so I am potentially inherently broken — but most of the time, when the “my truth” card is being played, someone is essentially saying I’m a selfish asshole, and though what I am saying makes no sense, I am perfectly fine with it.
The new age and modern yoga culture is a rather intelligent.
This culture has designed acceptable justifications to continue acting like a child and not have to be an adult. I understand the appeal. I understand the power you might feel upon discovering such an advanced social technology. But it’s not worth it. Whenever you hear yourself start to think “my truth,” please go ahead and punch yourself in the face. Whenever you feel pulled to take a class or workshop or engage in a journaling exercise to “discover your truth,” I urge you: don’t do it.
There are lots of great truths out there. Why do you need your own? Buddha, Jesus, and Gandhi all had some great truths to share. Why not pick one of theirs? What makes you think your truth could be better? It can’t. That’s like thinking you could play better basketball than Michael Jordan after six lessons at the YMCA. It doesn’t make sense, right? Neither does having your own truth.
If a friend of yours has recently discovered their truth, do them a favor and punch them in the face. You will ultimately be saving yourself and them a lot of pain and suffering. And more importantly, you’ll be saving those around you from a great deal more. This, by the way, is the most enlightened thing you can do. This, my friend, will liberation you and the planet far more than any personal truth-discovering has ever done.
Now, please chant 108 times: My truth sucks. And every time you start to feel the impulse to “share your truth,” remember that your lies are better and you should probably stick with them. If you have any doubt about what I’m saying, please know that everything I have said so far is my truth, so you can’t really argue with it. Right?
About Kris Nelson
Kris Nelson is founder and principal at Krama Consulting and Development, Inc. Kris leads workshops internationally on spirituality for the modern world. He lives in Los Angeles where he can be found teaching yoga in jeans to Snoop Dogg.
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