Ahimsa is a term in Eastern religions that literally translates to “non-violence”. This is a very powerful concept, not only in relating with others, but also with ourselves. It is the ahimsa towards our own minds and bodies that is too often overlooked but is the cornerstone of self-care.
Practicing ahimsa is a crucial part of my own healing process. For me, this means making sure that I am giving myself the best possible care each day. I am nourishing my body with foods that support my health; I am eating enough and often. This means plenty of fresh air, sunshine, meditation, walks and yoga. Ahimsa towards myself definitely means resting when I need to, without judgement. It means appreciating how hard my body is working for me, rather than focusing on how much weight I’ve gained from living with low thyroid. It also means being gently aware of my numerous symptoms and finding way to bring ease to each one, instead of allowing frustration to bubble over. It definitely means allowing frustration to bubble over when it needs to as I stay true my emotions (and I have plenty of emotions to stay true these days!)
I am aware that this is a long process of healing. I have a rare opportunity to face true adversity and grow from this. The more we consciously choose how to respond to a situation rather than reacting to it trains our minds and bodies to be more in touch with how we want to be. By cultivating inner peace through actively dealing with illness, I should be kinder in my relations with others as well.
Being hypothyroid isn’t something that I would have necessarily chosen for myself, of course. But I plan to be stronger and wiser from this and I will know how to care for myself on a deeper level than I have ever known before. I have a long way to go and each day brings a new chance to practice ahimsa towards myself.