The reading in my neighborhood meditation group this morning reminded us to Do No Harm. I remind myself of this when i recite the 5 Precepts every morning.
Today i intend to:
do no harm to anyone
take nothing that is not freely given
use my sensual energy wisely
speak truthfully and helpfully
and keep my mind clear.
The precepts outline specifically how i can do no harm. The precepts are my guiding principles.
Just for today, can i speak truthfully and helpfully? Can i refrain from gossip? Can i refrain from chitchat? Can i refrain from divisive speech?
My plants are silent. Perhaps i should take a lesson from them.