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Practice Ahimsa

Practice Ahimsa (The Yama for non-violence and embracing kindness, friendliness and thoughtful consideration) everyday for 28 days to open yourself up to a more peaceful, loving and kind lifestyle. Ahimsa meaning and/or the depth of your practice is different for everyone. Ahimsa literally means to not injure or be cruel to any person or anything in any way whatsoever.  Many people think of violence as physical violence or the violent nature of an argument.  For the practice of ahimsa, we dive into non-violence much deeper.  Ahimsa deals with the very nature of your thoughts, your words and even your vibration.  How do you show up energetically?  Do people enjoy being around you? Do YOU enjoy being around you?  Do people benefit from your energy or does your energy drain others?  Do you drain yourself by focusing on things like stress, blame, anger and overwhelm?  Are you competitive, judgmental or impatient with yourself or others?  Look at the way you treat the people closest to you.  Are you patient, kind and nurturing with them?  Or do you dump your stress, baggage or irritation on them with a negative tone in your voice?  Do you blame others when you are not feeling good yourself?  Ahimsa is the absence of or completely abstaining from all forms of violence and negative energy while practicing patience, kindness, compassion and friendliness.  Are you patient, kind and nurturing with yourself?  Or do you set unrealistic goals for yourself, beat yourself up and act as your worst critic? When you contemplate these questions, you will be able to create your ahimsa meaning and work on abstaining from those thoughts, actions and words that do not serve your highest good; replacing them with love and kindness.

Just like you can only love others once you have learned to love yourself …  when you are patient, kind and nurturing to YOU it is easier to treat others with compassion, friendliness and thoughtful consideration.  It’s also a lot easier to practice this when we feel good.  So here are some things we can do to help ourselves feel better and practice Ahimsa… feel free to try these or make up your own.  It is all about being kind, friendly, nurturing and thoughtful in the ways you think, speak and energetically show up.

  1. Monitor your thoughts and words about yourself and others.
  2. Take good care of yourself by exercising, eating healthy food and getting plenty of rest so that you come from a higher vibrational space.
  3. Notice the way you speak to others.  If you have to ~ pretend to put on “kind” lipstick before you speak.
  4. Watch your caffeine intake ~ notice if it makes you irritable. Cut down or eliminate if necessary.
  5. Be True to yourself … learn to say NO and don’t accept things that you know will stress you out or create havoc in your life.
  6. Create balance in your life.

Ahimsa yoga is one of the Yamas (one of the 8 limbs of Yoga).  It is intended to be a practice that when incorporated into your life will eventually become part of your lifestyle.  Practicing this regularly will allow you to be even more kind, loving and friendly naturally.  You are all on your own path and I fully support a ‘work at your own pace’ and ‘honor where you are at’ approach.  Do the best you can and as always ~ appreciate the process.

Your ahimsa meaning will change over time as you continue to refine.  Enjoy the journey 🙂

Namaste my friends…

Meeshel

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