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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
by Deborah Adele