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What is Ahimsa?

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

What is Ahimsa? And why is it so important?

Ahimsa translates as non-violence or non-harming, but it doesn't only mean non-violence in a physical way to others, it also means avoidance of violence in your thoughts, words and actions towards others and yourself.

Ways to practice Ahimsa in daily life:

1. Avoid negative thoughts about yourself and others. Notice your inner critic for one day. If you are constantly critical about yourself, you will inevitably be critical of others.

2. Learn to let go, loosen control and let things flow as they are meant to. Accept things the way they are, the way others are and the way you are. Let go of preconceived ideas and preferred outcomes - be present.

3. Make sure to do things that make you feel good. Take care of yourself - eat properly, exercise, get adequate sleep and stimulate your mind. Compassion starts with you.

How can you practice more Ahimsa in your life?

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

-- Lao Tzu

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