Ahimsa is a multidimensional concept. It is the first precept in Buddhism. It is an ethical principle prevalent in Eastern philosophy of not causing harm to other living things originating in the Vedas nearly 4,000 years ago. The Vedas are a large part of religious texts originating in ancient India containing the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
Within each one of us there is a divine energy, and therefore, to hurt another is akin to hurting oneself since we are all united by our spiritual nature. Mahatma Gahndi was an outspoken advocate of the principle of Ahimsa.
Ahimsa is non-violence. The principle encompasses our thoughts, words, not only our actions. Thoughts become what we believe. What we believe ultimately governs what we say and how we behave. Ahimsa involves reverence for humanity and nature.
There is no better time to practice ahimsa than during a divorce or separation. Relationships that deteriorate are fertile ground for disappointment, resentment and guilt but we can choose to accept the end without wallowing there – one little decision at a time to do the next right thing.
Striving toward a state of ahimsa will guide you internally toward acceptance of the end of the relationship without hostility, bitterness or spite. In turn, the separation will be less painful if you can let go of the other person with love instead of hatred.
Starting with accepting that we all make mistakes, forgiveness is what draws us into ahimsa.
Enabling a practice of ahimsa will spread its positive effects throughout our lives.