The first of the Yamas is 'ahimsa', non violence. This is a practice in itself...can be something as simple as being respectful and kind to another. Sounds simple, yet often it can be extremely hard to accomplish!
In the previous blog I was talking about the Yamas as rice, at its final stage, ready to serve, 'ahimsa' is the first ingredient to the rice making process...the pot! All the yamas are interconnected so it is important you explore each one.
When we come to our mats to practice yoga we are devoting our time to creating space within ourselves, a space that serves to see things a little clearer, through that clarity we can find a way to react to life that is non violent…or rather kind:) !
If we are able to cultivate a state of peace within, we can express that through the way we relate to others. When our practice serves towards that, then we know we are on the right path, and it is something that does not happen over night, it takes time!
Here are some things I've been working on :
1)Know self 'ahimsa':
how do you practice non violence in your life for yourself
2)Know where its coming from:
Observe where you are acting from when you are upset
3)Know what makes you tic:
Journal when something bothers you and trace it back…where is the reaction come from?
4)Know your heart:
See and remember when you act out of kindness and respect for another and be aware of how that makes you feel
These are all things that in the long run help us grow…so it's worth your time!!!
Keep in mind that perfecting non violence requires patience, courage strength, faith, and deep understanding.
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