Put Back the Post-It Notes and Paper Clips

1962672_10206428248326559_4333412935582385523_n


The third Yama – Asteya – encourages us not to steal. Anything. And non-stealing goes way beyond office supplies, even way beyond physical stuff.

Webster defines stealing as: 1. To take (something that does not belong to you) in a way that is wrong or illegal, 2. To take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission and 3. To wrongly take and use (another person’s idea, words, etc.)

In every cases it involves taking.

Consider the following:

TARDINESS Being late, especially habitually, is more than just disrespectful, it is stealing someone else’s time. And the message is clear; my time is more valuable than yours. By being habitually late you also rob yourself of time.  You are likely trying to get just one more thing done, rushing around and not being present in anything you’re doing, only to show up harried and apologetic to a friend whose disappointment is clear. Slow down, edit the to-do list, create space. Honor the time you spend with others.

INTERRUPTING Aside from sending Miss Manners into a tailspin, speaking over someone else is stealing their voice, their thunder, and maybe even their presence. It’s a compulsion we all share; something just popped into your head and before you forget it, you have to blurt it out. It’s that important. Only it’s not. When we quietly and mindfully listen to the other person, we are honoring their process. If it is a solution they are seeking, they will make their way to it. Allow this to happen for them. Listen with the intent of hearing, not responding. Your response will be so much more thoughtful. Or as Stephen Covey so eloquently stated, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

COMPLAINING Griping, which is typically gossip-inducing, is stealing someone else’s energy. By complaining, especially without a solution in mind (which would actually be problem-solving and not complaining at all) drains your own energy and now you’re asking someone else to solve a problem for you that likely isn’t a problem at all but rather a distraction that you have created to communicate with, or get the attention of, someone else. Often complaining is an effort to pull someone else down into drama. It is campaigning against someone else. Instead spend a few moments trying to solve the problem you have uncovered. Perhaps you’ll realize it’s not a problem at all. Maybe it’s just friendly conversation you are seeking. Keep Eleanor Roosevelt’s sage words in mind; “Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

STEALING STUFF This is probably the most obvious. But here’s the thing, stealing or even coveting the possessions of others exacerbates a lack mentality, sending waves out into the void transmitting that you believe you do not have enough, and indeed, are not enough. You should stop that right now. You are calling to yourself the very opposite of abundance. Instead know, or say to yourself, that you have exactly what you need and just start to pay attention. Everything shows up. It may not look exactly as you pictured it, but it will make its way to you when the timing is right.

TAKING FREE STUFF How can it be stealing if it’s free, you ask? If you don’t need it, you are taking it from someone who may AND you are transmitting that lack signal again. You already have what you need. If you need it, really need it, take it.

The karmic antidote to all this lack-producing naughty behavior is to give. There is a tremendous amount of scientific documentation on the power of giving. Physically it fires off dopamine and other feel happy transmitters, making your feel good. Energetically, you are creating an opening for more to come in. Giving away your car does not mean you will be receiving a new car. But giving your mat everything you have in your yoga practice usually means your cup will be emptied of anything you no longer need so that it can be filled with what you do.

Yogi Amrit Desai so eloquently summarizes this yama, "We must recognize that the underlying premise in all stealing, coveting or jealousy is the belief that we are not sufficient, whole or complete. We practice asteya as an affirmation that we need nothing outside of ourselves to feel complete. We are enough as we are."

You are enough as you are. Give from there.

 


Comments

robertfcrocker
robertfcrocker
Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info. personalised wall stickers
jhon carteer
jhon carteer
Andy1st driving school Coventry
Muneer ahmed
Muneer ahmed
I real glad to uncover this web internet site on bing, just what I was searching for. frases graciosas
Muneer ahmed
Muneer ahmed
Assume paid for with the help of center, have discovered modern society; believed that protect on your playlists, you could potentially know most of the hassle; assumed ones step quit, much more is unable to drive; Imagine I would like adore, merely the caress. Consultant Melbourne
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
This is my first time i visit here and I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially it's discussion, thank you. buy facebook comments instantly
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I would also motivate just about every person to save this web page for any favorite assistance to assist posted the appearance. Emoticons Likes
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Nice blog. Found this while searching through buy 5 facebook comments
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. what to do after your started your LLC
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
You know your projects stand out of the herd. There is something special about them. Birmingham Baby Bed Rental
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I really enjoyed reading this post, big fan. Keep up the good work andplease tell me when can you publish more articles or where can I read more on the subject? Las Vegas tattoo shops
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I hope to present something back and help others such as you helped me. attorney coastal commission
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Thank you for sharing with us,I too always learn something new from your post. kerja kosong
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I am happy to know. thank you so much for giving us a chance to have this opportunity.. bercuti
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Thanks a lot for one’s intriguing write-up. It’s actually exceptional. Searching ahead for this sort of revisions. syarat kerja di singapura
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Your music is amazing. You have some very talented artists. I wish you the best of success. panduan homestay
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot. bercuti
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Great post I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this interesting and knowledgeable article. buat duit online
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
You've really made my day today with this. I hope you keep this up! sap courses
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
I would also motivate just about every person to save this web page for any favorite assistance to assist posted the appearance. cyber security training
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated. mcse course
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Welcome to the party of my life here you will learn everything about me. comptia a+ courses
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
The material and aggregation is excellent and telltale as comfortably. best ccnp training
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts java course london
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my blog excel vba training london
Usman Ghani
Usman Ghani
So kindly update this ever for us. comptia a+ training