Eight Limbs of Yoga: Ahimsa

Ahimsa Non-Violence / Non-Harm

Acting in a way that does no harm or violence toward another, the world/environment/ourselves. Ahimsa means having compassion and love for all living things and beings. Once way to practice Ahimsa is to practice compassion. When one is compassionate one is incapable of doing harm or violence.

Affirmation/Mantra/Prayer: 

I will be compassionate to myself, others and the world – every day. 

I will be compassionate to myself, others and the world – every hour of every day. 

I will be compassionate to myself, others and the world – every minute of every hour of every day. 

I will be compassionate to myself, others and the world – every second of every minute of every hour of every day. 

I will be compassionate to myself, others and the world – in very breath, of ever second, of every hour, of every day.

Journal Questions for Personal Growth: 

Where today have I not shown compassion toward others?

Where today have I not shown compassion toward myself?

What kept me from being compassionate and accepting?

How could I have been compassionate and accepting?

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