December: Asteya – Nonstealing
In December, we focus on the practice of Asteya. Asteya means nonstealing and calls us to live with integrity and reciprocity. To set the tone for our focus, the Buddha said,
If we are living in a way that we are dissatisfied with ourselves, we often will look outward. An outward focus leads us to compare ourselves to others and to send energy into their lives, and ours, in an unhealthy manor. When we compare ourselves to others, we may end of feeling lacking, leading to a feeling of being cheated, or we feel superior, leading to feelings of arrogance. All of these emotions and actions end up making it so that we are stealing from others and from ourselves. We steal from the opportunity to grow ourselves into the person we want to be and deserve to be.
Issues that arise from being rooted negatively in Asteya come from the idea that “I’m not good enough…”. The need to steal arises when we lack faith in ourselves or try to fill an “empty” sensation within. So how does Asteya arrive on the mat? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
This month when you practice, consider the following: