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This week we are being asked to consider times and situations where we may be stealing from the future. She goes on to discuss situations where we steal our own enthusiasm, our own possibilities, and even steal away our own experiences. Adele is asking us to take a look at how our actions add to the world that we are leaving behind and those who will inhabit it after us. What should we be focusing on that creates more peace and joy in us so that it can then overflow into the people around us instead of leaving us craving more and more?
"Week Three: This week live as a visitor to this world, rather than an owner. Notice how much is available to you to use and enjoy without needing to own them (parks, libraries, concerts, sunsets, etc.). "
P. 74 The Yamas &Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
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This week Adele asks us to turn our attention to our manners as citizens and borrowers of this world. We are pausing to remember all the humans that loved us into existence and then passed on to give us this home. Which, in turn, sets us up to consider the next era where we will, of course, do the same for the generations that come after us. How are we using what we need and not "stealing" resources that the generations after us will also need? We are taking the airplane view this week of our time on earth and taking a look at how nonstealing can guide us to give back as much as we get to leave a world where our children's children can remember us kindly for securing resources so they also can be comfortable when it's their turn to visit this lovely planet.
"Week Two: This week notice where you are stealing from the earth and stealing from the future. Where are you taking without returning something of at least equal value? This week, live in reciprocity with the earth and awareness of the future. "
p. 73 The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice
by Deborah Adele
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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
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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."
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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. )
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This week we are introduced to the second Yama- the jewel of Satya or Truthfulness. Adele is asking us right from the start of this chapter to look at ourselves once again and look for places where we are people pleasing. Just like worry, we are to look at another trait that we may even pride ourselves on being..."nice." She is asking us to study times when we are nice and rethink them if it is not also the case that we are being "real" in those times. The opening poem asks us to investigate where our yeses are coming from and if we like the answer we get. After reading the whole chapter or just up to page 45 take some time to write in your journal. You may be surprised that if you ask yourself the same questions over and over for a few days, you may find deeper more true answers.
"Week 1- This week observe the difference between "nice" and "real." Notice situations where you were nice. What did this experience invoke in you? What were the results? Notice situations where you were real. What did this experience invoke in you? What were the results? From whom or what do you seek approval? Does this affect whether you act from your "niceness" or your "realness"? "
(From The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele)
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Welcome to the last week of focusing on Ahimsa. In the reading this week we are asked to take a look at how we show compassion to others. We are asked to view other peoples' lives as just as important as our own. This involves letting go of ego's story and seeing things as they really are. This week's ask will call on what we learned from the other weeks to be courageous, remember our balance, and watch where we may be disrespecting others. Adele's assignment for us this week also calls to mind the idea that we treat other people the way we treat ourselves- and therefore also asks us to have self-compassion which may be a harder ask from some of us!
"Week Four: For this whole week, pretend you are complete. There is no need to expect anything from yourself or to criticize or judge or change anything about you. No need to compete with anyone, no need to be more than you are (or less than you are). Note the experience. Notice how much pleasure, kindness, and patience you can allow yourself to have with yourself. "
From p.41 The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice
By Deborah Adele
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This week the author is turning our attention toward the times when we bring that violence to other beings. The funny thing is, it is not in the sense that we expect- but actually in the ways we try to "help" others and the times we offer our worry as a sign of caring. She is asking us to explore another view. Adele comes back to the body as she asks us to again notice how these ways of interacting feel inside of us.
" Week Three: This week, watch where you are running interference on others' lives. Are you a worrier? A fixer? Discern the difference between "help" and "support." Notice what you might be avoiding in your own life because you are so interested in others' lives. "
(From book p. 41)
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pp. 24 - 32
This week we continue our exploration of the Yama, Ahimsa. Last week we read about how nonviolence requires us to have courage to distinguish between fear and the unfamiliar. This week the author is asking us to examine our lives for balance. Notice she does not define for us what balance means and lets us decide that for ourselves. However, she does ask us to NOTICE where we are out of balance and listen to our body's own wisdom when it talks to us. Just noticing that your body does in fact send you signals is a win. We are still dealing with the ways in which we think and treat ourselves in this week. Kindness to others begins with being kind to ourselves. Deciding, on purpose, what balance is just right for us in the moment and working towards it sets the stage for nonviolence.
"This week guard your balance as you would your most precious resource. Don't find your balance from a place in your head of what it should look like. Instead, find guidance from the messages of your body. In this moment do you need more sleep? More exercise? Do you need to eat differently? Do you need to pray? Do you need some variety in your life? Act on the messages of your body and explore what balance looks like for you this week. Notice the effects on your life and on others. "
(Taken straight from book p. 40-41)
Enjoy taking some time through the week to journal about what your body is telling you in the moment. Maybe several short entries would work well with this prompt? Did you act on any of these messages? What difference, if any did it make? How does it feel to TRUST yourself? What surprised you most? How do you physically feel when a part of your life feels "balanced?" Please share in the comments below any insights you have during your exploration this week.