I filled in for our Slow Flow class yesterday afternoon at 3pm. It is easy to forget how to literally slow down in the busy life I lead. My calendar quickly fills up and I do enjoy experiencing as much of life as humanly possible in 24 hours. The problem with that … I can tend to steal from myself. I’m not the best at setting aside time to rest, reflect and contemplate. Here are the words we focused on in regards to the yama Asteya.
Book – “The Yamas and Niyamas” by Deborah Adele
“In all the ways that we impose an outside image of ourselves onto ourselves, we are stealing from the unfolding of our own uniqueness. All demands and expectations that we place on ourselves steal from our own enthusiasm. All self-sabotage, lack of belief in ourselves, low self-esteem, judgments, criticisms, and demands for perfection are forms of self-abuse in which we destroy the very essence of our vitality. All the ways we live in the past or future steal from ourselves.
We are captured in a culture where our very identity is tied up with our accomplishments. We wear all we have to do like a badge on our shirt for all to see. In this rush to get to the next thing, we have left no time for ourselves to digest and assimilate our lives; this may be our biggest theft of all. We need time to catch up with ourselves. We need time to chew and ponder and allow the experiences of life to integrate within us. We need time to rest and to reflect and to contemplate.”