Asteya (Non-Stealing) In Action
Try some of these ways to practice the ethic of non-stealing. And remember, the antidote to non-stealing is to give. Give as much of yourself as you can—your time, money, energy, knowledge, skills—and see how much richer your life becomes.
- Possessions. Keep only what you actually use and need. What you have stored for years—in attics, basements, garages, and storage spaces—may be just what someone else needs. If you borrow something, return it promptly, in as good a condition, or even better, than when you first got it.
- Time. Use your time properly and wisely. Be mindful not to get hooked on surfing the Web during work hours, or when your family needs your attention.
- Relationships. Take turns giving and taking with those close to you, so each person’s needs are met.
- Positive attitude. When you criticize and judge yourself—feel unworthy of love—you rob yourself of the knowledge that your true Self is perfect and whole.
- Freedom from craving. Desire and envy are based on thinking that you do not have what you need. But when you are centered in your true Self, everything you need for your fulfillment will be provided by the Divine.
- Choice. Take time to listen to your inner voice to make a higher choice, rather than an instinctual automatic response based on old habits and beliefs.
- Trust. Keep your word. Honor your commitments. Honor others’ boundaries. Don’t eavesdrop or intrude on private conversations.
- Gratitude. Remember to give thanks continually, acknowledging that everything has the Divine as its source.