On October the second it was Ghandi’s 144th Birthday. This day is now marked as the ‘International day of non-violence’ by all countries in the United Nations. What I like about this little chap is his dedication to Dharma. Dharma is finding the right way in the world for you to work and live that brings happiness, peace and contentment. It is your call to live well. Ghandi walked the walk, his life was his practice.
Here are a few quotes of his that I aspire to live by.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.
Although we can’t stop what thoughts enter our head we can control our identification with them. We can also choose whether to act on them or not. We have many streams of thought energy come to us each day. If we choose to believe them we will become them. We can weaken our lives by believing in our dark or shadowy thoughts about ourselves or we can rise above our internal dialogue to become the person that the world needs.
In a gentle way you can shake the world.
I sometimes dream of being famous and rich and having thronging crowds of yoga students, but then I know deep down some of the most important work in my life are the quiet, unseen and gentle moments.
Happiness is when what you think, what you do and what you say are in harmony.
Thinking one way and speaking or doing things another way is a form of dissonance that will eat you up. Be true to yourself, be your most authentic self and be raw and bare for the world to see you as you truly are. Try not to say or do things just to please or be liked.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
When someone hurts you with words or actions or spreads a poison of gossip or dislike towards you, please try to remember that it is them not you. Try to remain unfettered by the nuances of those around you.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
If there is someone in your life that you just can’t forgive, ask yourself, what good is it hold this poison in my heart? If there is one crack in your heart that you are clinging on to, how would it serve you to fill this up?
Practice for today: Life is a just a practice. If you have some disharmony today through thought or deed or word, ask yourself, ‘What would Ghandi do?’