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This week we are moving on to our third jewel. We have covered Ahimsa (nonviolence) and Satya (truthfulness) and we are ready now for Asteya
( nonstealing). Not surprisingly this Yama is also full of subtleties and shades of gray. More than the obvious taking of physical possessions, Adele is inviting us to look deeper. Are our actions stealing excitement? Stealing attention? Stealing others' sense of accomplishment? Do people feel added to or taken away from when they have been in our presence? I'm so excited to dig into this topic in my own journal and look forward to reading any insights or experiences that you feel called to share.
"Week One: This week notice when and how you steal from others through time, attention, "one-upmanship," power, confidence, and not being able to celebrate others' successes. Notice what is happening in you that prompts this stealing. Now practice being a "forklift" so that everyone you come into contact with feels uplifted because they were in your presence. "
From p.73 The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice
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We are diving into the last section of the Yama, Satya (Truthfulness), this week. As with all the pages before in this chapter, Deborah Adele challenges us again to be brutally honest (in the most loving way) with ourselves. We are being asked to recognize that the natural order of life has stages, phases, and periods in which our truth MUST change in order to still be our truth! We also get to explore the weight and power truth has and to be reminded of how this jewel goes hand in hand with Ahimsa (nonviolence) to help it remain a tool for good.
"Week Four: This week, look at ideas and beliefs that once served you and now have become archaic. You may unknowingly be holding on to things that you no longer need. Honor these beliefs because, like a vehicle, they brought you to your current place on your journey. As you let go of what no longer serves you, pay attention to where denial shows up and celebrate your movement toward a clearer, more authentic you! Watch how this exercise frees up your energy for the further emergence of your authentic realness."
The Yamas & Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
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This week we jump into the third week of exploring Satya- Truthfulness. The author is coming from an interesting angle with these few pages, having us think about the time we waste when we are not truthful. We are examining the time we use to apologize, to rearrange, and to regain our own trust in ourselves when we are not honest with our feelings, time, and abilities at that moment.
This week pay attention and go slow enough that you "do it right the first time." Make this a week where you don't have to backtrack to apologize or correct mistakes and where you don't run from any hard tasks that present themselves. Face each moment head on with clarity and courage."
From p.58 The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice
by Deborah Adele
These are a few pages with a large ask! What can you learn this week about taking your time? Where are you rushing then actually spending more time cleaning up your mess? How does it feel in your body to give yourself time to deal with life and people in a way that feels right the first time and requires no "fixing?" I would love to hear what you discover.
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This week the author is directing us to look at the way we fit into groups and what is means to us. Are we sacrificing growth to remain in a group to which we once felt like we belonged but no longer do? Where in life are we "shoulding ourselves?" She is recognizing the fear associated with following our inner voice, and the joy that comes from embracing it. We are exploring self-expression, the price we pay to express ourselves, and the price we pay when we do not. We are moving deeper into Satya by examining where we live from the true voice within and what happens we do or do not listen to it.
Spend this entire week in self-expression. Make movement towards the external world with your internal hopes and dreams. Act on life-giving opportunities, despite the consequences. Observe what happens in you. Observe how others react. If you find yourself in self-indulgence, ask yourself, "What am I not expressing?" "
(Taken from p. 57 The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele. )