Practicing Nonviolence toward yourself … a thought provoking concept originally proposed over 2000 years ago by the Indian sage Patanjali, and brought to my attention by Yogi Cameron Alborzian, in his book “The One Plan”.
I have learned a lot about taking care of my physical health. With the help of my family I have healed myself over the years from some very dark depths. And there are times like last summer when I was feeling on top of the world, indestructible, fully alive…I was doing brilliantly what Patanjali would describe as practicing nonviolence towards my body. And there are times when I make some very poor eating and health choices … even though I know better. Yogi Cameron would say that I was committing physical violence against my body.
Every once and awhile I come across something that shifts my perception of reality…and this concept of practicing nonviolence was one of them.
“Physical violence is any violence that harms someone else’s body or our own.” Yogi Cameron states that making poor food and eating decisions cam be considered as committing physical violence against yourself.
Here are some selected behaviors that Yogi Cameron feels most of us consider a normal part of life but that actually do harm to our bodies. Think about them … they hit me in-between the eyes, because they rang with truth:
We eat late at night – causing us to wake up feeling stiff and lethargic
We eat processed and genetically modified foods – we ingest toxicity into our body
We eat foods from far away – this compromises the nutritional value of the food
We eat meat – most animals come from farms using artificial growing practices and polluted water. As well the more difficult foods are to digest the more resources our bodies have to commit to processing them.
We eat large meals – when we give the stomach too much to digest, it has to work overtime to process everything…this can compromise the immune system as well and also causes us to be sick more often
OK … can you check off “yes” to any of these?
I am certainly better than I used to be at practicing nonviolence .. but I still fall prey to these things way too often. I’ll tell you, having Yogi Cameron look me in the eyes (well through the print of a book…lol) and tell me that I was being violent to my own body, certainly hits harder than telling myself I am just sneaking a cheat food.
We are always on a journey through life. We may have a certain destination in our lives … but we go on and off course all the time, just like a jet flight from Toronto to Punta Cana. The key, when we temporarily fall off course is to just re-adjust our settings and get back on course.
This concept of practicing nonviolence just straightened out my course again. It is causing me to redefine my definition of normality again.
I love it when things just come together! Isn’t life amazing!