Ahimsa: What Are You Choosing, Compassion or Harm? 

In Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed Path, there are the Yamas. The Yamas are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The first Yama limb of the Eight Limb Path is Ahimsa (non-harming or non-violence). Ahimsa focuses on one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity. This Yama emboldens you to examine your behavior, speech, actions and generally how you conduct yourself within your daily life. 

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“I AM” – Activate Your Inner Power

Your solar plexus chakra the energy center that encompasses your personal power and will. It is a large energy center, for it is located in the area between your navel, all the way up to the base of your sternum. It’s called Manipura in Sanskrit, which translates to ‘lustrous gem’. When Manipura is activated, our whole system becomes fully energized; which in turn fires up our power, drive, and sense of purpose. When you practice balancing this chakra, you will begin to experience a true, inner strength and authentic power. You’ll begin to move away from the unhealthy habits such as the desire to gain power over others, yearning for external validation, playing the role of the victim, taking things personally, a poor sense of self, or inertia. 

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Don't Quiet Your Mind; Rather, Listen to Your Mind.

Your brain and mind have a spiritual purpose, which is to seek the truth and a spiritual connection. To realize your full potential, you must listen to the mind as it helps you make meaning of your human experiences. Instead of viewing your mental chatter or whimsical thoughts as unruly or problematic, take the time to practice embracing and investigating your thoughts; This will prove to be more constructive, positive, and beneficial for your well-being.  

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