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Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey

31 Days of Abundant Kindness

Nov 30, 2019 09:31AM

by Rosie Lazroe, Local Yoga Coordinator

’Tis the season for gift giving! It’s a perfect opportunity to show loved ones that they are appreciated while feeling the joy of giving to others.  

Ahimsa, meaning “non-harming”, is the first principal of yoga and can be the most valuable gift to give this year. Through thoughts, words and actions, people have the power to choose kind and gentle simplicity to remain fully present within themselves and with those they love most. Use the month of December as a way to practice non-harming towards three people every day. It can be a friend, family member, stranger or yourself! 

Here are some ideas to get started:

■ While looking in the mirror, focus on one thing to admire instead of giving into negative self-talk. Choose something different each day.

■ Donate an extra blanket to a homeless shelter or to someone in need of warmth this winter. 

■ Give hugs to friends and family—including yourself!

■ When setting down plates on the dinner table, or yoga props before class, set them down gently and mindfully instead of quickly and carelessly.

■ Choose to turn the other cheek when dealing with feisty loved ones.

■ Be kind to yourself. Offer yourself a kind thought each day, especially on days that you are feeling forgetful, clumsy or cranky.

■ When holiday shopping, buy from companies that invest in the health of the planet.

■ Choose ahimsa while driving by leaving extra space in front of your car so anxious drivers can switch lanes easily. This will make you feel better too. 

■ Spend more quality time with elderly family members. 

■ Treat yourself to something life-affirming each day, such as taking a nap or making a homemade smoothie.

Search your heart for other ways to close out 2019 with the principle of ahimsa. Wishing you abundant peace this holiday season.

Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-596-7384, email [email protected] or visit RosieLazroe.com.


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