Ahimsa - non violence 'compassion'

This entire months focus at YOGA ALMA is on Ahimsa - one of the yoga yamas which are yogas ethical and moral codes that give a guide to living a peaceful and happy life in harmony with yourself and all living beings. 

Ahimsa is related to the notion that any violence has karmic consequences. It is a multi dimensional concept, that all living beings are equal and have the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. 

This can include physical, mental & emotional violence towards others and ourselves. We create acts of violence most often in our reactions to events and situations which creates judgement, criticism, anger, irritation in which at times can lead to physical violence and harm. 

Compassion is learning the ability to accept events as they are with an open and loving heart. To let go of acting and reacting in a conditional and negative way and replace those thoughts with acceptance, it is only then that we can truly move forward. 

Ahimsa is the ability to develop positivity in all aspects of life, a cosmic love for all living things. 

Hatred is replaced with love. 

It is a true sacrifice, it is forgiveness and it is true strength. This is Ahimsa. 

If you can't forgive someone for what they have done against you or if you can't forgive yourself for something you have done then this is too an act of violence because you are pushing love away. 

Ahimsa if understood correctly can be the ultimate weapon; it turns one’s enemy into a friend, thereby banishing the possibility of further conflict. 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi 

Where in your life could you practice more Ahimsa; non-violence & compassion?


Bree Skoczek