The enthroned figure here is of Parsvanatha, the 23rd of 24 liberated teachers or jinas revered by Jains, followers of the Jain religion founded in India. Parsvanatha, associated with snakes, sits with one curled against his cushion. Above and around him are 77 jinas seated in a similar manner with legs crossed and palms resting on top. Jainism is based on the principle of ahimsa, the non-harming of all living things, in thoughts, words and action.
Take a moment to explore ahimsa within yourself.
- Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
- Are there negative thoughts that you've told yourself recently? What are they? Where did they come from?
- Pause and notice any tension in your body where these thoughts may linger.
- Breathe into it and soften.
- Meet each thought with kindness.
- You are doing the best that you can in this moment.
- Breathe in love.
- Exhale, peace.
*Pair this meditation with a Loving-Kindness meditation to extend this kindness towards others.