Ahimsa asks that we practice non-violence in our thoughts, words, and actions. Ahimsa is compassion, non-judgement and acceptance for others and for oneself. Learning to be non-violent to oneself can prove to be one of the hardest practices of all.
Try being witness to yourself and all your perceived ‘negative aspects’ without judging but instead with complete acceptance and compassion. You will find that through this practice you are able to accept others more fully.
Satya & Ahimsa go hand in hand. Satya is also practiced by being truthful in our thoughts, words, and actions. When what we think, say, and do correspond we experience harmony. To practice Satya one must also exercise not being identified with a specific concept or image of oneself.
To better understand the ways you identify with your own self image make a list of all the roles and concepts you hold about yourself. For example; daughter, friend, student, athletic, spiritual etc... Then begin to notice how they influence your interactions.
Yogi Amrit Desai says that “the underlying premise in all stealing, coveting or jealousy is the belief that we are not sufficient, whole or complete”. When we hold the concept that we are not whole as we are right now we find ourselves craving something from the outside in hopes that it will make us feel whole. The paradox of Asteya is that everything we seek from outside sources is already inside of us, we simply need to acknowledge all that we are and Asteya occurs.
Try journaling about all the ways you are whole as you are right here, right now.
The translation of Brahmacharya means to move towards the Source. When one practices Brahmacharya one becomes intentional about where they choose to spend their energy, mentally, emotionally, physically, and sexually.
For the next 24 hours simply ask yourself, is this going to build my energy or drain it? Make your choice and notice how you feel after each decision.
We can have a strong attachment to people, objects, thoughts, and concepts. When we cling, grasp or attach ourselves to these things we are often masking a deep seated fear.
Become curious about the ways you express attachment. Let yourself explore the origins of your clinging. When you have awareness of your habits and fears involved, you then have the choice to let them go.