I wonder if Patanjali considered this when he laid out the eight-limbed path, which is the way to move from suffering to freedom. The path is to be started from yamas. Yamas are ethical, moral and social guidelines for yogis. But I think anyone could apply these guidelines into everyday life. Ahimsa is one of the five yamas in yoga. Ahimsa brings the concept of non-violence into our lives and into all aspects of our lives; physical, mental and emotional.
The first thing to be considered when talking about ahimsa is, how to live with yourself. What kind of thoughts you are thinking, how you speak to yourself? We act violently towards others in subtle ways daily, and the main reason for this is the war that goes inside of us and what we express outward. There might be resent to others which create a negative atmosphere. This is just one example of how violence can function in subtlest of ways.
So how exactly incorporate ahimsa into our daily lives? Some don’t eat meat, some are vegans, etc… The most important thing here is to focus on self-love in all that you do and find the best way for you on how to do that. The thing that I find is even more important, is bringing the ahimsa into your life through compassion. Finding the ability to accept events in your life as they are with an open heart, letting go of any negative way of reaction and basically replace those negative feelings with kindness and acceptance instead. Non-violence can mean not to push yourself too much or in worst case push yourself over the edge. By not pushing yourself into harm, that is embracing the ahimsa. Not letting your ego bring you into harm. When you are embracing ahimsa you will improve your own well-being as well as those around you.
How do you feel about the concept of ahimsa?
At the end of this writing, I am sharing one of my favorite quotes (even though I’ve shared it before already). ❤️
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.