Three Gateways of Speech, 3-9-16

The power of words isn't lost on anyone. Just think of the pleasure you feel when someone pays you a sincere compliment, or the discomfort of realizing you've spilled a secret you'd promised to keep. Words and the energy they carry can make or break a friendship or career; they define us as individuals and as cultures. We know this, and yet we let our words flow out unmediated, like random pebbles tossed into a lake. Sometimes it's only when the ripples spread to cause waves, and the waves rush back and splash us, that we stop to think about the way we speak.
The sages of yoga obviously understood the human tendency to run off at the mouth, because many ancient texts of the inner life, counsel us to use our words carefully. The Buddha made "right Speech" one of the pillars of his Noble Eightfold Path. On the simplest level, these sages point out, unnecessary speaking wastes time and energy that could be devoted to self-inquiry and transformative action. More important though, is the power that words have to change the communal atmosphere, to cause pain or joy, and to create a climate that fosters falsity or truth, cruelty, or kindness.
In the Buddhist and Hindu teachings you will find the
THREE GATEWAYS OF SPEECH- before you speak, ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. Is this true?
2. Is this kind
3. Is it necessary?
Excerpted from sally Kemptom, Yoga Journal online