Do Unto Others

Be Well Be Happy

Ahimsa is a very important part of our yoga practice. It means to do no harm. Non-violence in your actions and words. Most of us have been taught from a very young age not to engage in violence. To be kind and respect one another. Do onto others as you would do to yourself. I can hear the words out of my mom’s mouth as I write this column. Always treat people with kindness. You do not know their problems and you can never really walk in someone’s shoes. 

My prayer is for peace in the world as I am sure is your prayer.  This column is not an easy one to write during these difficult times. Honestly, for the past three days I have written and deleted this column. My intention is to reach everyone but that is impossible. We are all made up of our own opinions and conditions. I, for one, come from an NYPD family who held the law in the highest regard. Two brothers and one sister gave a life of service. They were among the really good police officers who did the right thing and made sure the law was followed. They witnessed the worst in life and the best. They gave their blood, sweat and tears to this city. It was a path they chose and wore the badge with integrity and dignity, as did so many of their colleagues. I am appalled at how they are all being treated in NYC and over the world. There is so much violence and disrespect for the people who put their lives on the line every day. You do not walk in their shoes and you are killing the spirits of this Police Force. The good cops don’t like the bad cops.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

We are good people who need to be the voice of reason to help make changes in a lawful way without causing more suffering. There is already so much darkness in the world, let’s be the light for change. We can do this in a peaceful way without taking down our brothers and sisters. I already see people from all different backgrounds being more respectful and kind to one another. There will always be ignorance in society and we can do our part to raise the vibration where all men and women are treated with respect. 

The world needs our love and compassion. Be kind to one other and serve the world with good intentions. There can be profound changes when things are done in a non-violent way. I pray for a world that greets one another with Namaste. The Divine Light in me sees the Divine Light in you. We are all one. Protect us from negativity and promote positive change. Breathe into this new life.

 By Helen Kilgallen

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