Ahimsa

balasana: kindness, humbleness, innocence

Ahimsa: kindness and non-violence towards all living things including animals; it respects living beings as a unity, the belief that all living things are connected.

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle” – Plato

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of babies- “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” -Dalai Lama

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23

“Always find time to get love and give it right back.” -The Blue Scholars

BE NICE. 

 

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One thought on “Ahimsa

  1. […] I first read these in Anusara Yoga’s ‘ethical guidelines,’ and then later discussed them again in my own teacher training. I like these ideas because it’s so much more specific than saying ‘be nice,’ or ‘treat others how you would like to be treated.’ Those are gray areas for most people; what is nice, anyways? These are questions you can ask yourself. They are specific enough that they can narrow what you think to what you say down to the most honest, necessary, kind things. They are also broad enough that they can be applied to any situation. This is Ahimsa. […]

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