In our new Autumn 2020 issue, our meditation expert Sandy Newbigging provided us with a great reflection on the challenges and gifts of being a truth seeker. Enjoy a sneak peek below! To read the full article, grab your copy of the Autumn 2020 issue, or subscribe here to receive one direct to your door.
Truth Or Dare
The Pros and Cons of Being a Truth Seeker
by Sandy Newbigging
We may think we want to know ‘the truth’, but do we really? As a monk, meditation teacher and creator of the Mind Detox method, my goal is to do whatever I can to live my life with facts and truths, rather than fictions or falsehoods.
I’m not alone in this quest, as many similarly intentioned souls, on spiritual paths, also aim to ‘see beyond the illusions of the mind’ (also known, in the language of Sanskrit, as the seeing beyond the ‘maya’). If you are reading this, then there’s a high likelihood that you are a truth seeker too.
Although knowing ‘the truth’ may seem like an obvious thing for us all to want, there appears to be some pros and cons that come into play when seeking truth. Knowing these can help us to prepare for the possible consequences of finding out what’s true, and provide comfort when faced with the not-so-easy knock-on effects.
For example, one con is that the truth can sometimes be unpleasant, ‘dark’ or scary. We may uncover certain things about our self, other people or the world we live in, that can be hard to process, understand, look at and even live with. If we are willing to see these not-so-nice ‘home truths’, without emotionally spinning out, then we will remain resilient and gain the big rewards of not burying our head in the proverbial sand.
On the bright side, there are a number of pros for living with our eyes wide open. Knowing the fuller story of any given situation is incredibly empowering. If it is a potential truth about yourself, then you can do something about it. You can take the correct steps to make positive changes and end up with a better experience of life.