HI Indigos! This is the latest post on my own tumblr which I would like to share with you. Thanks so much for reading :)
xoxo, Jena Ertel
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the yogic principle: AHIMSA.
Within yogic philosophy there are yamas and niyamas, which are characteristics or attitudes we have as humans toward others [yamas] and toward ourselves [niyamas]. There are five yamas and five niyamas. The very first yama described in the ancient texts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is Ahimsa: which means to be non-harming, thoughtful, considerate of others and kind.
In more recent translations of Ahimsa, some have broadened the definition to include an attitude of non-harming lovingkindness to oneself. This is where I have been directing my own personal focus. I was becoming more and more aware of my inner dialogue and hearing mostly hurtful and unkind things.
It was no coincidence that I was feeling not only bad about myself, but bad about the world around me and the life I had. Luckily I was able to wake up enough to identify when this language was slipping into my thoughts and could lovingly redirect them into a more grateful and positive place.
In my classes I have offered this ‘assignment’ to my students while sitting in meditation, and I also encourage it to happen continuously throughout their day:
1. Begin with gratitude—recognizing all that is wonderful and amazing in your life [which I promise you is A LOT] is a great way to raise your vibration to a higher level, therefore immediately making you feel GREAT
2. Identify and articulate with great pride one thing that you LOVE about yourself. Let that list grow bigger and bigger. See how it takes over the monster that is your inner critic. It can almost completely snuff it out in an instant.
3. Refer to and Utilize this list of things about you love about you to shift your negative inner dialogue from hurtful to triumphant. The hurtful things you may be telling yourself about yourself are an illusion. Designed to keep you from expressing your truest self. It’s a fear-based behavior that none of us need anymore. The things you love about yourself are who you really are. You are perfection. You are divine. You are love.
It is through this careful shift in attitude toward oneself that we can more honestly practice Ahimsa within the world. Loving all living things, the earth and life itself with true adoration and authentic care and consideration. And all of can help lead us to a life filled with enthusiasm and radiance, and ultimately, Purpose.
What are your thoughts? Is this something you identify with?