You may have heard of the word ‘Ahimsa’ in the yoga world. It’s a sanskrit word from the Indian tradition which commonly translates as ‘non-violence’. Ahimsa also makes top of the list in Yoga’s' - those nuggets of wisdom to help guide us to live an ethical, peaceful and fruitful existence. ’But I am not violent!’, I hear you say. And I believe you. Mostly…
We are all capable of violence toward other living things, our planet, and our own body and mind. While I’m almost certain you, my dear reader, would never intentionally physically harm another via criminal acts of violence, I’m certain that almost all of us, (myself included) are repeat offenders of the sneaky, everyday forms of violence that we may unintentionally inflict upon ourselves and each other regularly. Today, let’s take a look at few examples of common harmful behaviours:
Harsh self-talk - That critical voice inside can often get far too much airplay. Internal thoughts regarding looks, worthiness and abilities, for example, can erode self-esteem, damage relationships and stilt our full potential. Ouch!
Slamming doors - Although it can feel momentarily satisfying to make a loud, sudden noise to create an angry impact, really, what does this achieve? (Broken hinges?)
Yelling - Again, it can feel good to ramp up the volume and shout your grievances, but this is essentially another act of violence.
Pushing our bodies - doing more than we’re physically ready for or capable of can have an obvious negative effect. As a yoga instructor, I’ve certainly seen this with some students during an active practice. Taking poses that are not appropriate or not listening to the body by taking an advanced step could result in pain and injury.
Dialling down the list - The first step in being kinder to ourselves is to simply notice the violence as it happens. Then pause, and do your best to replace it with kindness, softness, compassion. We’re all human, and to ‘stuff up’ is very human. Be gentle with yourself. We are all a ‘Work in Progress’.
Yes, there are much bigger, more horrific and very real examples of violence going on right now, and every day, in our world. In may ways it seems trivial to consider my list above. But, as naff as it sounds, I really believe a peaceful world starts inside me and you. Let’s make an effort to be kind and gentle with ourselves first, and see where that takes us.
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I'm Bronni. I love to lie down. On a mat, perhaps with a blanket and yoga bolster. A 20 minute session can help me go from chaos to calm... These musings are all about finding calm, Restorative Yoga and it's amazing benefits.