Practice Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things

compassionYou may have heard this word from your yoga teacher or fellow yogis, but what does it mean? Ahimsa is one of the Yamas in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The word ahimsa literally means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. It also has to do with our duties and responsibilities too. Ahimsa implies that in every situation we should adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm. In the Ayurveda diet, they promote a plant based diet full of nourishing food. Practicing ahimsa for yourself as well as animals. With that being said, how can slaughtering animals for food consumption be sanctioned. “Killing animals by proxy makes us killers no matter how we cut it.”

This is an interesting read for those on the fence about giving up meat. Click on the link below. Its a long read but well worth it. 🙂

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/09/yogis-eating-animals-edward-staskus/

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