When we deeply know that all we need can be found within us, what is there to steal?
I was contemplating abundance over the break and so many different reflections came up in ways I felt I was receiving abundance and also ways in which I was unconsciously blocking abundance from flowing into my life. At the same time I was drawn to the the yogic concept (ethical precept) of Asteya, which translates into non-stealing.
Asteya isn’t necessarily talking about refraining from stealing from others (although it could be) but looking at the root as to why we are driven to steal. It’s more about our artificial neediness and greediness that stems from ultimately a deep sense of feeling “not enough” that leads us to “steal” in the first place. This could be hoarding materials we don’t need, mindlessly consuming, yearning for what other have, taking other people’s ideas as your own, or even stealing others words when we dominate a conversation.
My mind went to all the ways my fears, insecurities and subconscious beliefs of lack, scarcity, and envy, cause greediness and hoarding in some ways. I realized that stealing grows from believing we cannot create what we need ourselves and from a lack of trust that the universe will always provide, and that there is more than enough for everyone.
Practicing Asteya gives us the gentle reminder that abundance is an inside job, it’s a state of mind. The more we release the mind from binding desires stemming from “not enough” the more inner abundance we will have.
I love this quote by Wayne Dyer,
“Abundance isn’t something we acquire... It is something we tune into”.
We tune into and experience abundance not through the numbers in our bank account, the size of our home, or how many designer purses we have but through the abundance of beauty in nature, the joys and love we find through our relationships and the deep peace within ourSelves.
Abundance is the beautiful balancing act of receiving and giving back. The less we take (the lesser our “needs” become) and the more we give through love, compassion and through our unique service to the world the greater the abundance is for everyone.