Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
I am so excited to report that the Making S P A C E workshop went beautifully! We had 40 people spend the day with us, giving themselves space to consider their relationship to their stuff, their time, to others, and the things that keep them stuck. My favorite thing was the amount of JOURNALING that was going on. Lots of reflections, aha moments, and solid ideas in new was of thinking were written down and made into intentions.
Letting go of old ways and opening to new ways is so prevalent in the Yamas.
Asteya is usually translated as non-stealing. But I know that most of you aren't shoplifters or bank robbers, so we have to look deeper ;)
What if that book you keep on your shelf but will never read again steals the opportunity for someone else to read it? Isn't accepting accolades or credit for something you didn't do the same as stealing? When greed seeps in and makes us want more for ourselves than we need, there is poverty of spirit and stealing of resources.
The thing about going to get more than is yours, or taking someone else's, is that it prevents your true wealth from flowing into you.
How can a river of abundance flow into a closed-off, dammed up, full-to-the-brim pool? It would have to flow around it, skipping the pool completely. Also, vegetation on the other side of the pool would certainly miss out on water and nutrients that are being held back in the pool. It upsets the balance of nature's abundance.
Open the pool, and let the resources flow through you, in you, and around you.
Greed also prevents you from recognizing what you already have.
Once you realize your bounty, you will realize you are wealthy enough to share, to give, and to donate to your heart's content!
You can even know contentment.
There is a way to enjoy the things and opportunities that come your way without guilt or worry; without clinging or stealing. In material world, it looks like this:
In this week's podcast, I talk more about Asteya, and I guide us into a breath to support the endeavor:
The best part of my week is hearing back from you about how these teachings affect you in your life. Don't be shy!
May you accept your abundance with reverence, and give from your abundance with generosity.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.