Tag Archives: Ahimsa

To buy or not to buy … that is the (ethical) question!

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To buy or not to buy

Did you know that last Saturday (24th November 2012) was UK Buy Nothing Day? How did you spend the day? Chances are shopping was involved as it’s getting close to Christmas!

I actually did manage to buy nothing last Saturday. Although I have to admit that the torrential rain probably had more to do with it than a commitment to buying nothing, as the weather meant I didn’t go out.

However, it got me thinking about the power we hold within our purse and how we spend our hard-earned cash. Read more…

Dealing with grey days

Cloudy sunset
Even when the clouds are grey, the sun is still shining. (Photo credit: Stella Tomlinson)

Do you ever have days when you feel low? You feel tired, lacking in energy and that everything is just too much of an effort.

And do you find you tell yourself that you shouldn’t feel that way? That you should cheer up and get on with it?

Sometimes I do. And today has been one of those days. Read more…

The yogi’s dilemma: to be vegetarian or not to be vegetarian…

So you love the physical practice of yoga and the stillness that the breath work and meditation brings, and you start to look into yoga philosophy. You’ll very quickly come across the Yamas and Niyamas – the restraints and observances – the ethical principles of yoga.

The first Yama is ‘Ahimsa’ – non-violence or not causing harm.

Which leads you to the question: how to practise non-violence in your daily life? One obvious area relates to the food you eat.

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Veggies – yum! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does that mean every yogi should be vegetarian? Can you truly practise Ahimsa if you eat meat and fish?   Read more…

Don’t believe the lie that “you’re not good enough”

Throughout our lives we receive so many messages which tell us we’re not good enough.

It could start at school and be reinforced by the continuous rounds of tests and exams. The media and advertising are constantly force-feeding us aspirational messages to encourage us to be discontent with ourselves – “buy this and you’ll be more beautiful / popular / happy / wealthy / successful / better than other people” – and so it goes on…

We can become constantly caught in a cycle of trying to please other people and being what we imagine other people think we should be.

We so easily internalise this judging voice and tell ourselves every day the pernicious lie that we’re not good enough, often without realizing we’re doing it. Read more…