Day 20: If you’re your own worst enemy, read on…

“Growing into your future … requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.”~ Victoria Moran

If you read my love letter to yoga, then you won’t be surprised to see some of my posts taking a happy, healthy, open-hearted turn. I can’t quite describe how or why, but the study of the yamas is changing the way I relate to myself and others.

Last week, we explored ahimsa, the commitment to non-violence. Stated another way, ahimsa is the practice of kindness, abstention of thoughts of harm toward self and others. Positively put, ahimsa is a conscious choice to be loving to all.

This simple precept says so very much.

If judgements and criticism are acts of violence, then isn’t each judgement and criticism of the self an act of terrorism? And if we’re willing to wage war against ourselves, what really, is the quality of the “love” we give to others?

These are interesting questions. And we’ve only just begun.

With that in mind, here are a couple of ways to be kind to the inside!




I’ve got to admit… It feels pretty good! “Refreshing” is the word that comes to mind.



  1. That really is a great perspective – why are we waging war on ourselves with thoughts of negativity and self-criticism? We really can be our own worst enemies at times!

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