Ahimsa means non-violence. It is the first of the five Yamas of Patanjali’s yoga sutras and one of the most popular; The others being Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (honesty), Brahmacharya (right use of energy) & Aparigraha (non-accumulation). These Yamas make up part of eight-fold path of yoga.
Ahimsa has become a lot more prominent in the Western world today as a noticeable amount of people are starting to live a more compassionate life for all living beings! Just like all the Yamas, Ahimsa should be practiced on all levels, not just the physical. From what you eat, what you think, to how you react..how you treat others and how you treat yourself. Causing the least amount of of physical, mental and emotional pain, in every sense, is Ahimsa.
How can we practise Ahimsa in our daily lives?
Extend love. Be kind to everyone you come across. You never know what the people you cross paths with are going through. Every gesture done in love, no matter how big or small can make such a big difference to someone’s day. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. Smile at someone as you walk past them on the street. If you think someone has beautiful eyes, tell them. Remind people they are worthy. Tell the people you love that you love them more often. Practise self-love daily by doing yoga, meditation, daily affirmations, watching a movie) These are just a few examples of the many things you can do to bring more love into your life and others.
Eat a vegetarian/vegan diet
By going vegetarian/vegan, you are practicing Ahimsa! Every being’s life is a precious miracle. Love all living beings & let all living beings live.
When we love ourselves, we are able to be mentally, physically & spiritually strong and happy, spreading that love onto others too. Self-love is about listening to our intuition, being happy with who we are in the moment, loving our bodies and treating it with kindness, relaxing when we need to and not being so harsh on ourselves. It’s about doing small things daily that contribute to our overall well-being.
Think before you act
It’s far too easy to react irrationally without thinking when it comes to some situations or certain people. Sometimes, we really need to take a moment to think how our response is going to effect the people around us. Take a deep breath, think for a moment and respond accordingly.
Let go of the past
We tend to hold onto things from our past – this causes suffering, without us even realising! Take a moment to think about what these things are and release them. Forgive yourself or the person for what has happened. Send them love, give yourself a hug, move forward, and watch your life flourish!
Live clean and green
We can cause the least amount of harm to her as possible by living more consciously in our daily lives. Wether that be by using less plastic, composting, buying local, organic veggies or turning off the lights when we aren’t in the room. There are endless amounts things we are able to do to live a more eco-friendly, conscious lifestyle.
Meditation is a powerful practise for anyone and everyone. It allows us to live more centred and connected life. When we practise mediation, we feel less stressed, anxious or depressed daily and in turn a kinder, calmer, more open and loving person.