This past week in my yoga classes I have been talking about the yama “asteya,” which means not stealing, but also realizing that we don’t have to hold back or live in a place of fear, scarcity and lack, because the universe is abundant and will provide for us.
I have been working with this idea a lot this year on account of my impending divorce and the worries that go along with being able to manage a household on one income instead of two.
Well, I have to report that no sooner had I finished teaching all my classes about asteya that I saw this principle in play in my own life. For the past few weeks I have been seeing the beautiful dahlias for sale at the farmer’s market but kept holding off buying any, thinking they were too expensive, and not knowing if I should really be spending the money on flowers for myself. Well, this week I finally decided that I deserved to have some beautiful flowers, so I bought some. Three days later, one of my Saturday morning yoga students came to class then went to the farmer’s market herself after class. She came back a while later and handed me a huge mixed bouquet of flowers that she picked up there! Abundance!
That same day I asked one of my other students, who is a biker, about a problem I was having with my bike. She said she’d take a look at it after class. Not only did she take a look at it, she took my bike home, fixed the problem, put air in my tires and cleaned the chain! Abundance!
Later on that same day I volunteered as a ‘bouncer’ for the beer tent at the Home Grown Festival. One of my students was there and he graciously gave me 3 tickets for free drinks! And as I was enjoying sampling some of the local beers and hard cider (yes, if you’re shocked, I do drink alcohol…everything in moderation is my motto!) with some friends, somebody walked by who was leaving and asked if I wanted his extra ticket that he wasn’t going to use. Abundance!
So what do I need to remember from all of this? That the universe is abundant and will provide for me, and that I am worthy and deserving of this abundance. We all are.