Ahimsa- The practice of nonviolence/non-harming; a Yama (moral restraint) from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
“Of course I practice ahimsa!” I declared to myself years ago. I don’t hurt people, I’m a vegetarian, and I don’t have violent thoughts. Done.
But then I read something that added to and deepened the concept of ahimsa: "non-harming also means not hurting yourself."
What!? I don’t hurt myself! …Or do I?
As I considered this more profound interpretation, I slowly began to notice all the ways in which I, especially as a mother, cause myself harm. And the more I observed it in myself, the more I saw it entrenched in the mama community. Here are many of the feelings and thoughts I see in myself and other moms: