By letting go of what we don't need, we create a space for the things we do need to come to us.
How do we stop running around in circles chasing the nice feelings, possessions and emotions whilst also running away from the emotions and feelings and things we don't like.
How do we become open and accepting to each moment?
There are eight limbs to yoga, the first are the 'Yamas' essentially these are how we deal with the world, how we interact with it/our ethical behaviours.
Note the term 'limbs' not steps, each limb co-exists and is co-dependent on the other.
One of the Yamas is 'Asteya' - Non-Stealing
'mankind's greed and craving for artificial needs are also stealing' - Gandhi
When lack, desire, emptiness, greed and want arise we start to feel like something is missing and we aren't complete.. We start to look to fill the gaps. Perhaps we long for food, handbags, money, love, a new home, shoes, booze, clothes etc. This often creates a cycle, the more we have the more we feel we need.
How do we let go of longing? When we long for something it's often a feeling we have already experienced, so it's a feeling we can find within ourselves again and recreate. Longing doesn't have to be a bad thing, allow yourself to experience it and let it be there and notice it. Longing can sometimes be painful as it can be about loss also, just be with the experience and notice it, identify what it is.
But we may not always like this feeling/sensation so how do we ease it? It's about learning to say 'I am enough, I have enough' and finding a way to have a sense of physical and mental wellbeing and growing an abundance mindset.
To be open and accepting to exactly how things are and to bring awareness to the moment.
Practice saying - I am enough, I am at home in me.
Sit in meditation a couple of times a week and observe your longing, notice it, explore it, and put some of this perspective on it.
With this post I have committed 'Asteya' in that I have stolen ideas from books, blogs, videos etc that I have watched about the Yamas and this part of it to try to understand it. You are now reading this and stealing it too I want you to.