Yoga philosophy is a great resource for anyone seeking guidance in life.
One very important principle in yoga is ahimsa or non-harming.
Non-harming means we do not engage in acts that are harmful to ourselves and others, whether in yoga practice or life in general.
As parents, we make decisions for our children out of love and concern for them. However, we can sometimes misread the situation when we fail to take into account our child’s uniqueness. This may cause our children pain and suffering.
Non-harming also means that we do not harbor thoughts that may cause ourselves pain as well others.
Some situations are beyond our control.
The strong desire to control outcomes can be harmful to us and to those around us.
At times, the uncertainty of life overwhelms us.
We can minimize the pain and suffering by creating more helpful thought patterns.
Yoga can help us become more aware of our thoughts which drive our behavior, and facilitate the release of inner tensions through postures, breathing practices, purification techniques, and other practices.
With consistent practice, we will be able to improve our thought patterns and behavior, and lessen pain and suffering.