Last month at Kids Yoga Stories, I focused on Ahimsa (~Kindness). Ahimsa is one of the behavioral disciplines (Yamas) along the path of yoga. Ahimsa can be translated as “Non-Violence”, or Kindness to ourselves, others, and the environment.
Practice Ahimsa – 15 ways that you can make the world a better place through your acts of kindness:
Be Kind to Yourself
- Make space in your life for “me” time.
- Be accepting and forgiving of yourself. Every day.
- Be grateful for being you. Who you are and who you are not.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Smile lots.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat well and exercise. Fill your body with goodness. Treat yourself to a Spa date.
Be Kind to Others
- Do something for another person without expecting anything in return. Practice selfless acts for others.
- Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
- Practice being kind to someone who you don’t have a natural affinity with.
- Step into someone else’s shoes. Send them ‘Loving Kindness’.
- Send Thank You cards, often.
Be Kind to Animals and the Environment
- Pick a passion and commit to making a difference. A little bit every week. For example, Animal Rescue, No Plastic, Veganism, Tree Planting, Recycling, Garbage Collection, or Environmental Education.
- Commit to environmentally-friendly practices. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Walk more. Use less (or no) plastic. Eat whole foods. Turn lights off. Reduce your water use.
- Be aware of your impact on earth. Tread lightly. Recognize that we are visitors to this planet.
- Read, research, discuss, debate, or engage in topics of the environment. Then put into Action. Get involved in a way that works. Stretch yourself. Go outside of your comfort zone, for a higher purpose.
- Visit and explore National Parks. “Leave No Trace”. Share your photos and experiences with others.
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