Understanding Asteya……

Asteya literally means non-stealing. But on a deeper level, it encourages us to abandon intent or desire to possess or steal. This can include stealing resources, time, energy, creativity, truth, and growth from yourself and others.  Asteya is about how we treat ourselves and the people closest to us, emotionally.

As human beings we steal time and resources and take emotionally from themselves and others all the time. When we steal it is usually rooted in one or more of the following 5 causes: Exhaustion, Pleasing Others (“Lack”), Survival (“Fear”), Ego, and/or Greed. Once we can honestly identify where in life we all steal from ourselves and others, we can begin to heal those wounds and change how we interact with ourselves, our loved ones, and the world at large, bringing a deeper sense of happiness. Continue reading