Asteya means non-stealing. Before you read this blog, take a moment and think: Have you ever taken up somebody else’s time or energy for your own fulfillment that they might have better spent on something else? [Don’t be an energy vampire!]
Our third yama, asteya, means non-stealing. We’ve been taught since we were children that stealing is bad, but that typically referred to physical items that could be sneakily slid into our pockets. Have you ever thought about what else could be stolen, or taken from another, or ever from yourself? Asteya also means non-stealing of other people’s time, energy, ‘moments.’ In regards to inner, personal practice, asteya means we are non-stealing from our future selves.
Giving is the gift. When we are living from a place of unconditional love, when we can give without having an expectation of receiving something in return, we are practicing asteya. The act of giving contains the priceless gift of making someone feel loved. Asteya also means we accept only what is earned or freely given. Practicing asteya will help you build trust with yourself and with others.
Only two yamas left! In my upcoming blogs you’ll learn about brahmacarya (right use of energy) and aparigraha (non-grasping). Follow along as we explore these insightful topics. You can go back and read about the first yama, ahimsa, and second yama, satya at any time.
Comment below and share your experiences with asteya, generosity, and receptivity. Are you more of a giver or receiver? Can you think of a time when you took more than you needed? Or a time when you had a hard time accepting a compliment? Share below!
“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
Asteya Exercise: Think of someone who does a lot for you or your community. Offer this person a small gift, even if it’s just a simple text that tells them you appreciate them.
Asteya Mantra: I will not take what is not mine. I will receive what is readily given, thereby participating in the continuous flow of the universe.
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