The Woodjin: Ahimsa by Lbilover

Written for the word of the day 'ahimsa'.

Sean learned about ahimsa on a trip to India for Clicktwice. He’d always tried to make the most of his journeys to different lands and cultures, searching for meaning in a life that increasing lacked both meaning and love.

Although he considered himself a devout Christian, Buddhism appealed to him on many levels, and particularly ahimsa with its message of kindness and nonviolence. It reminded him of the principal tenet of medicine: First, do no harm.

But until he met the Woodjin, he never appreciated what it meant to practice ahimsa, to count a bullet to the shoulder worth the cost because you’d saved the one who shot you from certain death. Day in, day out, over and over, Sean witnessed Elijah live ahimsa, and it humbled him and made him strive to be a better person.

The irony of it didn't escape him, that he'd traveled the wide world only to find what he’d been seeking barely a stone's throw from New York, in the heart of the Pines.