do no harm
-Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
“Do no harm.”
Kind of a universally accepted phrase. Doctors pledge this in the practice of medicine. For most of us this makes sense. Don’t cause damage to others with your words or actions. But– doesn’t it also mean do no harm by NOT doing anything. If you stay silent and someone will be harmed by your silence…is it your duty to speak up?
Go even further….do no harm…to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Protect yourself. By doing no harm to yourself, you actually begin to cultivate this energy for the world. Having an awareness of the prevention of suffering is a key to the connection we have to each other. If you are kind and generous to everyone around you- but beat yourself up and put yourself down….all the good you gained by caring for others just evaporates. Easy to do….. We live in a world where it’s every man for himself.
We are disconnected from each other and most importantly ourselves.
Cultivate Ahimsa in your life. Even just the tiniest bit. You will create a tiny ripple of change. Care for yourself as you would for those you love most. It is the small steps that bring us to the great rewards.