(in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain tradition) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.
Ahimsa – this beautiful word, at the back of our minds, as yogis, what does it mean, in practical terms? Doing, thinking no harm, love in action.
Working with people is not always easy. Working in partnership can be tricky, so when I had built up trust and confidence in my assistant and colleague over a year, entrusting her to work with me on my unique training programme, it came as a shock when she told me that she was now going to run the programme of the same name at the same venue that we were running it together, but this time on her own.
I must admit to feeling betrayed, humiliated and angry.
But, how to act?
My emotions were far from forgiving and compassionate, they were sad, angry and aggressive.
Yogini colleagues say “harness the Kali in you, be the fierce feminine! Remember Krishna urging Arjuna to act out his dharma!”
My teachers say “be calm, there must be some misunderstanding, be loving and kind and compassionate..”
I ask myself, what is true?
What is right?
What is ahimsa?
What is ahimsa towards myself ?
And I ask myself – what would you do?