Dec 14, 2010


"The Sanskrit word ahimsa, meaning "to do no harm" or "the avoidance of violence," is a Hindu rule of conduct that prohibits killing or injuring any living being," Kathy Juline.

References to this rule of conduct date to ancient Vedic texts. More modern spiritual giants have practiced this conduct. Mohandas Gandhi practiced this in his nonviolent protest against British rule, and he expanded the meaning to include using only kind and truthful words. Albert Schweitzer expanded this idea further by applying positive action to help those injured.

What might ahimsa mean to us as caregivers? It means for us to do no harm to ourselves or others. It can also mean for us to have positive impact on our lives and the lives of those with whom we interact.

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