Ahimsa isn’t simply the practice of refraining from violent words or actions, it’s also about abstaining from violent thoughts. It is is the total and complete absence of violence from one’s mind, body, and spirit. It’s not only about evading harmful deeds, but about lacking the capacity to engage in harmful thoughts towards others and especially one's self.
It is also very much about being balanced. Practicing too much or working one side more than the other is a form of violence on the body. As is sleeping late, eating unhealthy, over-filling one's schedule, and having poor boundaries with others etc...We want you to look at it from these depths.
Additionally, abstaining from violent and harmful actions is easy when you’re comfortable and secure, but abstaining from harmful thought patterns presents a mountain that every single one of us is equipped to climb, yet few of us have the courage and confidence to do so.
With Gandhi, the notion of nonviolence attained a special status. He not only theorized on it, he adopted nonviolence as a philosophy and an ideal way of life. He made us understand that the philosophy of nonviolence is not a weapon of the weak; it is a weapon, which can be tried by all. Ghandi achieved everything he did by observing this ONE principle diligently and with absolute determination.
Let's give it a go this month and see what happens!
“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings… As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.” - The Buddah