… and start with the more powerful tool I know :
I first came across the word Ahimsa when I started to read and learn about Non Violent Communication.
According to Wikipedia : Ahimsa (Ahinsa) (Sanskrit: अहिंसा IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli: avihiṃsā) means ‘not to injure’ and ‘compassion’ and refers to a key virtue in Hinduism and Jainism. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings—including all animals—in ancient Indian religions.
Ahimsa is a powerful word. A word that can open many doors if you are ready to open them.
Ahimsa is a core belief and value of mine. It doesn’t mean I am doing it perfectly. It is an aspirational value, in other words something I am aiming at putting at the center of everything I do. It has triggered the personal growth journey that I am sharing with you in this blog under 3 main areas :
- Personal Development : aiming at improving the way you feel, think or even more simple than that, the way you are in order to feel more aligned with who you are or want to be
- Health and Wellness : aiming at improving your global wellness and achieve a better health through food, sport, diet, meditation and yoga to feel better outside (and inside as a result)
- Beyond You: aiming at improving the world beyond you such as your impact on the environment, your community etc.
Indeed I don’t believe that personal growth stops at only one area of your life. Instead I think this is a combined and holistic approach impacting all the areas of your life. This is why I am not restricting personal growth to what would be a more traditional / mindset only approach.
You might wonder what Ahimsa / Non violence have to do with growth. Well it’s all about accessing a way of being that is non violent to who you are or want to be. A way of being that « doesn’t kill » you (by reference to the primary definition of Ahimsa – who has never said « It kills me to say that »). In other words which feels right, which feels aligned and makes you feel alive.
So the question for you is :
What is your Ahimsa ?
Are you happy with where you are at in your life ?
Are you happy with the person you are ?
Are the actions you perform on a day to day basis aligned with who you are or want to be ?
Are you happy with the words you say on a day to day basis ?
Are you happy with the thoughts you have every single second ?
If you answer no to one of the above questions then maybe you are not Ahimsa with yourself. I am saying « maybe » because you actually may be very comfortable with that « no » and that’s absolutely fine.
But if you are not, I hope that the experiences and learning that I am sharing in this blog will help you climb a step towards more of you being what feels right for you. And beyond this, I encourage you to ask you a very simple and yet powerful question : Why ?
- Why do I act / behave / think like this ?
- Does it feel right ?
- If not what would feel right ?
There you go 😉 you’ve just climbed a personal development step.
Ahimsa is one of the most powerful deconditioning tool I know as it invites us to think, behave, speak and act differently. But especially to bring critical thinking and empathy into our day to day life. As the philosopher Immanuel Kant said : ”Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance ».
Welcome on board and happy personal growth journey !
PS : The content shared in this blog is the result of my learnings and my experiences. This may or may not sound right to you. And that’s fine! We are all different, we all have different perceptions and different point of views. I’m not claiming to have all the answers, but I hope to give you some insight into what those experiences and learnings taught me.
An add on Ahimsa
Ahimsa has a double impact for me personally. There is all the above but also being non violent in the way I live : non violent towards myself, non violent towards others, nonviolent with the world around. In other words living a life according to Ahimsa is what feels Ahimsa for me 😉
To discover more I invite you to read this great article on Ahimsa.