Thou Shall Not Steal- Asteya

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
— Lao Tzu

Asteya

 

So, we are still on the first limb of the eight-fold path, but now focused on the third Yama of Patanjali's yoga sutras;  Asteya.  

Act from a Place of Abundance -

Asteya or non-stealing- reminds us to act from a place of abundance. Believe it or not, there is plenty to go around and yes, "you are worth it."  When we act from a place of "not-enough", we tend to hoard and have greed in our lives.  I think a lot of us, myself included live from a place of feeling not worthy enough.  This is something I have sat with plenty of times, to see where it stems from and have worked on very often to come to the realization, that yes, I am worth it.  Self awareness or self study will be coming up soon with the yoga sutras (we will dive deep into this), but for know take a look inside to see if you too struggle with that feeling of unworthiness. 

Stop Comparing -

We also steal from ourselves by not being in the moment, by getting caught up in comparing ourselves to everyone else. This comparing is done in many places; social media, what do the neighbors have that I don't, on your yoga mat, etc.. That time focused on what everyone else can do or has, is actually stealing peace from yourself and takes away from experiencing what it is we need to learn from the pose or in life for ourselves.  Focus on you.  On the mat, amazingly we are all made to be unique and carry different strengths, with each pose looking completely different on each body.  The lesson here is to appreciate where you are right now.  

Be on Time -

Are you the one in class who is perpetually late or someone who is always late to meetings and family functions.  That tardiness is stealing peace from others.  When you come into something late and everyone else has begun, well that is disruptive, not recognizing that is only going to effect you negatively.  So, try and start to make it a point to be on time.  

Be Present -

Be where you are, not stealing from the past or the future.  Staying present.  Staying present and feeling abundant are great places to start on your yogic journey.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
— Lao Tzu