“All the wealth of the world will be drawn to one who has mastered the practice and discipline of Asteya.”
A Review of Self-Theft
In Asteya Part 1 we covered how we steal from others and ourselves from a yoga perspective (it all translates though), and a little bit about the theft of hoarding.
In order to have a solid grasp of the WHY for working Asteya into your life on and off the mat, we need to more fully examine self-theft (which leads to theft from others, the earth, and the future).
If you are dressing, acting, speaking in a certain way to conform you are imposing outside forces and opinions on yourself. This represents a theft of your unique identity.
If you internally berate yourself, place high expectations on yourself, self-sabotage, hold on to low self-esteem and judgments all while placing a high priority on perfection—you are stealing from your unique abilities, your growth, your excitement for life and the very essence of your vitality.
Clinging to the past or judging the future, hanging on to ideals that no longer serve you—these are all a theft of your ability to fully express your own life.
If your job defines you, if your education (or lack of) defines who you are or who you can become, if you never take the time to absorb an experience, or express gratitude for the little things—you are stealing from your potential and your peace.
Never expressing thanks for the abundance in your life and always coveting what everyone else has is stealing from your joy.
But this is not a never-ending cycle never to be broken.
Stop comparing. Shift your focus from what anyone else has, is doing, is saying, is believing—to your true thoughts.
In order to do this, you have to get to know yourself. Get to know your truth.
If you have no real, solid idea of what you want out of life, life cannot give it to you. If you know what you want but don’t have the courage to go after it, you’ll never get it.
“If you don’t ask the question, the answer is always no.”
Not having a firm grasp on your life’s direction will cause you to take up the pursuits and direction of those around—whether they are a good fit or not.
When you get familiar with your Why—your purpose on this earth, what makes your heart sing, how you can be of service to those around you—the distractions life offers will be no match for your dedication to your dreams and goals.
You go back to school, you learn a new skill, you start a non-profit, you volunteer in your community—whatever it is, you do all the things you need to do to support your Why and little by little, a little becomes a lot. Your goals are within reach, your dreams are no longer just dreams.
If you want to be something, to do something, to experience something you must gain the competency and the mindset to make that something happen. You get exactly what you have the competency to get.
“Our outcomes in life are consistent with our abilities, not necessarily our wishes or goals.” –Deborah Adele, Author and ERYT-500
Practicing Asteya also requires you to prepare to get everything you’ve worked for. Be a good steward of your rewards. Learn to invest, how to give and when to save if money is the outcome—before it happens. Be prepared to handle what you work for because if you focus on your why and not the why of others, it will come to you.
Focus on your goals and dreams and then build the competency to have them. Be available to what you want.
Remember: it is not the accumulation of things (and money) that brings us satisfaction; it is the accumulation of values, direction and ability that provide life’s most satisfactory moments.
Focusing on your Why and building competency around that Why will open up a world of joy and possibility and relieve any symptoms of theft in all aspects of your life.
What are your dreams and goals? What do you need to do reach them? Take a few minutes in a quiet spot to think it out.