In the presence of one whose thoughts and actions are harmless, all living things become peaceful and harmless.
~Yoga Sutra of Patanjali2:35
The promise from this ancient spiritual text tells us that when we are are harmless in our thoughts, words and actions, peaceful energy radiates out from us and affects all those around us and calms their minds and emotions as well. At the core of our being we are a peaceful, calm, person who doesn't want to do any harm to those around us, to our community, to our environment and also to ourselves. The practice of harmlessness begins by being kind to ourselves.
Our practice of meditation goes hand in hand with our practice of harmlessness. We become more aware of our thoughts, our words and our actions. We become more aware of how they affect ourselves and those around us. Through our meditation practice we experience the peace that is our nature and realize that we want to live from that place and share the peaceful, kind energy we experience with others. As Mahatma Gandhi said, we can be the peace that we want to see in the world.