It’s been an interesting two weeks when I look at things from the perspective of Asteya. On the one hand, my car got broken into and things taken. I was OK with that – in my mind, there was nothing that got taken that could not be replaced, and if the other person was really in need then I’m happy to give it to them.
You might read this and think “hey, she’s got Asteya figured out!”… Wait for it…
I am enrolled in an Ayurvedic Mentorship with Dr. Claudia Welch – a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Ayurvedic Practitioner. The reason I am enrolled in this program is to develop my thinking from the Ayurvedic view. Ayurveda sees the world and the things in the world in a way very different than I had grown up with. In order to become a better Ayurvedic Health Counselor, I want to improve the way my brain analyses and interprets information from the Ayurvedic view.
On the last mentoring call Dr. Claudia spent 90 minutes going over a case study. With beauty and elegance she described the Ayurvedic view of the situation, was able to assess the client’s health trajectory (should nothing for the client change) and came up with brilliant recommendations to change the current health trajectory. To me, it appeared as though it all happened with so much ease… Here is a good time to mention that it was a case that I had submitted, because I struggled to help this person when they were my client – it was hard for me to put the pieces together. When the call was done I thought to myself “Wow – that was amazing! I want to be Dr. Claudia”…. And then I gasped – Asteya… I definitely have more work to do 😛
Something I read on facebook a while back really stuck with me. It said, “Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”. I loved it, and I use it all the time. My first consideration is to apply that more for myself… not comparing my skills, abilities, knowledge base, talents, (etc.) to someone who’s been in something/anything for many years. Then another realization emerged, which was not to compare my beginning even to someone else’s beginning – cause we’re starting in different contexts, which means even at the start, we’re likely at different starting points. And then the a-ha happened – why am I comparing at all?
We all have a path to walk, a unique journey that will unfold for each of us. To adopt the false perception that your path has to look like someone else’s limits you from being yourself – you are stealing from your own uniqueness. The universe doesn’t actually need another Dr. Claudia (as amazing and brilliant as she is), the universe has a Dr. Claudia. My universe needs a Mona Warner… and your universe needs you. The practice of Asteya will support you to be more you – to let go of external comparisons and referencing and to embrace your own unique path.
You be you. Enjoy!
Om shanti & prema (universal peace and love),