Lately, my mind has just been all over the place. I thought I would get my answer while meditating but, the mind would stay still. I wondered why, maybe some chakra is out of balance. Just when I began to give up hope, a book by Dr. David Frawley arrived in the mail.
The first chapter took me back to the basics, to the yamas and the niyams. I was following the niyamas which has increased by awareness about myself but I had forgotten about the yamas that were supposed to balance out the things I was becoming aware of.
A few things from the book that really struck me were : “Ahimsa is the most importance practice of yoga and the basis of mental peace, which is not possible if we harbor thoughts of harm for others. Ahimsa is the appraoch to real healing. Health and wellbeing arise from a state of mind and lifestyle that does not project harm to other creatures. We cannot alleviate suffering for one creature by causing suffering to another more helpless (talking about animal testing). Suffering begets suffering, Caring for other creatures benefits our own health, even if it means placing the greater good of all creatures above the good of our own particular species. Ahimsa is the main principle of mental health because it removes the basis for negative emotions to flourish in the mind. It is the main principle of social health because it cuts off the root of social conflict, which is violence stemming from hatred, anger and resentments.”
Of course, if I was hating on the world for the place it has become I am burning my own nervous system and causing harm. Of course, my mind is not still. Of course, if I am hating on myself I am causing ahimsa. If I talking of qualities I don’t like in others, I am increasing the negative field around it from them and affirming them for myself.
Ahimsa is not an easy practice, ahimsa is not an outward practice but an inward one.