It’s May 1st! This entire month is going to be focused on the first yama, ahimsa. The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ten ethical guidelines. Ahimsa means nonviolence. Most people interpret nonviolence in the grossest form of not being physically violent to another human. Some also interpret that nonviolence to animals and it is one of the reasons many yogis are vegetarian. This month we are also going to explore the more subtle ways we are violent towards ourselves and others through actions, words, and thoughts.
For today, reflect on the following statement by Etty Hillesum, a young holocaust victim:
Ultimately we have just one moral duty; to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
This reminds me of the quote by Ghandi that we have to be the change we wish to see in the world. If we cannot be at peace with ourselves, how can we expect there to be peace in the world. Individually we are responsible for our thought, words, and actions. Are you setting the example you wish to see throughout the world?
I may not be blogging about ahimsa every day this month but I will be posting motivational quotes and things to ponder on facebook and instagram daily. Join me for daily inspiration to bring more ahimsa and peace into your life.