Non-Violence

(Ahimsa and also the First of the 5 Buddhist Precepts)

When was the last time you felt an urge to do harm?
Was it to yourself or to someone else?
Was it to an inanimate object?
Did you want to throw your laptop across the room?

Describe the scene you imagined? Was it colorful? In shadow?
Like a cartoon? Like an artsy noir film?

How did you/could you rewrite the scene to diffuse the desire to express yourself with violence? Could it be comic? Describe it. Write it as a short play.

When was the last time you were confronted with violence?
How did you remove yourself from the situation?
How did you let go of the tight violent urge it brought up in you as a form of defence?

What does your inner defender look like? How do they get the job done?
How do they sooth you when it’s over?

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