Asteya: Nonstealing…

This is written by Hillari Dowdle – check out the entire post “Paths to Happiness”

“There are lots of things you can steal,” says Devi. “You can steal someone’s time if you are late. You can steal someone’s energy. You can steal someone’s happiness. You can steal someone else’s ideas if you represent them as your own.”

Asteya also calls for a focus on how and what you consume. “If you are taking something, you need to consider how to give back the appropriate energy or amount,” says Friend. “Because everything is interconnected, whatever you receive is taken from somewhere else. Most people don’t stop to consider all the different levels of energy involved in all they are consuming. Energetically and karmically, you create a major imbalance if you take and don’t pay back.” Or, to borrow a line from the Beatles: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”

To invite asteya into your life, consider what you truly need and refrain from letting your desires persuade you to take more. Have fair trade be your mantra—not only in your shopping habits but also in all of your day-to-day interactions. Respect the time and energy of others, give credit where credit is due, and see if you can help build up the world’s kindness reserves by giving more than you take.

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