Another great evening last night with the folks at the Triad Fitness Center and the Thomasville YMCA as we continue our study of Ahimsa (Nonviolence). It is very easy to look at Ahimsa as just how we physically treat people and refrain from actually hurting someone by physical means. It goes so much deeper. Our focus for class was the mantra, “I am balanced.” Yoga has done wonders for my balance between the left and ride sides of my body. The asanas are extremely helpful in healing the physical body. The same healing can be attained when looking at the balance between the inside and the outside of the body. Take a moment to look at the passage we read last night as part of our meditation. Thanks for reading!
Mantra – I am balanced.
Imbalance in our systems is almost a certainty for violence, as the “dis-ease” we feel within finds its way to expression outwards. Balance creates harmony within us, and harmony within naturally expresses itself in external actions that are harmonious.
We are a hungry, noisy people, bombarded with stimulation and advertisements that promise to grant us our deepest desires. It is anti-cultural to claim any space that is simply space, or to move with any kind of lingering, or to take time for closure. We are bombarded and we bombard ourselves.
Like the body, the mind and soul need time to rest. We create this rest by allowing space that we can breathe in. Not more clutter, but more space, space to reflect, space to journal, space for closure, space for imagination, and space to feel the calling of the life force within us.
Balance is like this. Spreading ourselves thin looks impressive, but in the end, we are the first to lose. The health and well-being of our body, mind and spirit is a powerful resource and by keeping ourselves in balance, we can stride through life with greater competence and ease.
Book – “The Yamas and Niyamas” by Deborah Adele