Have you heard of the word "ahimsa" before?
Well, this is a Sanskrit word meaning "not to injure" and "compassion". Speaking in general terms, this is why yogis are typically (but not all the time) vegetarian or vegan; bringing that sense of non-harming to their diets (i.e. not eating meat is not harming the animal).
- Ashimsa towards SELF- aka loving yourself, being kind to yourself through your thoughts, actions, and words. Removing the self doubt, discouraging thoughts, and allowing yourself to look in the mirror and see nothing but beauty.
- Ahimsa to OTHERS- Treating others the same way you should treat yourself; with compassion, love, and understanding. We all go through periods of anger, fear, doubt, etc. but the important thing is to breathe through those times and learn from them. Don't dwell on issues, learn from them and move on. Not only will this help you grow as an individual, but it may even help grow and nurture your relationships!
- Ahimsa to the EARTH- This beautiful planet we live on is literally our life-source (food, water, shelter). Without it, we could not exist. In bringing compassion to ourselves and others, we realize that the Earth should also be shown some compassion. Walk with a gentle footprint by eating more plants, reducing waste (garbage, recycle, food, etc.), reducing the amount of electricity and water you use, and walk or ride a bike more often. These simple steps, if everyone participates, can make a huge difference!
How will you bring more ahimsa into your life? Let me know in the comments, and don't forget to subscribe!