“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize that there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
In the context of our next yama, non-stealing or asteya, this week we will value what we have. Therefore, find one attribute each day that you are thankful for and celebrate it on your mat. If you are confident in your downward dog, do a practice that salutes that posture. If you are a patient person, try holding your poses for a little longer than you normally would. If you are good at standing up for yourself, work on those balancing postures a bit more.
Being grateful for your gifts is important. Avoid thinking about what you wish you could be or have. You should not be wanting to take what belongs to others without having earned it.
Living by the concept of asteya or non-stealing is important for creating a peaceful and generous foundation. When you practice asteya, your thoughts become quieter, and, ultimately, you find that your emotions are pacified and your personality softens.
Observe that which strengthens you!