Karma: Understand how it can work for you.

   Karma is a concept in many different traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. This concept can be a bit confusing because of its different interpretations. Many people have a lax understanding of what karma is, how it affects us and what it means in our daily lives. 

  1. Karma teachings

   Karma is a word that can be defined as “action” but there is no one word to define it. Karma is a culmination of intentional actions, action that we take of our own volition. This concept teaches us that our thoughts and actions have a cause and effect. It would conclude in personally experiencing the effects of everything we cause. This does not mean it would happen right away maybe not even in this lifetime but it will still happen. It applies to everyone everywhere at any moment. 

  1. Karma as a practice

   You don’t have to be religious or take buddhism as a religion to investigate karma. We can see how our actions create our future and the present experience. It is practical and very real. In situations with the choices we face every day of our lives, you have a choice of how you are going to act or think. Your choices in this moment are influenced by your past and present choices. 

  For example, you cultivate anger and hatred when faced with a difficult situation or someone says something harmful. The choices you may have based on your thought patterns and past choices would include saying something harmful back, screaming, storming off or even physically fight. However if you actively practice mindfulness and compassion, your choices would include taking a deep breath before responding, respond with kindness, or gently let the person know that what they said was insulting. 

   You always have a choice everyday, the difference is how you respond to life and those choices are dependent upon your behavior. 

  1. Karma exists for our own good 

   This law allows us to make progress in our soul’s evolution. The way we think, the things we say and do can be positive or negative just as karma can be positive or negative. It keeps us accountable for our actions.

   It returns to us the energy we have sent our into the world from all of the kind and loving thoughts and actions. It is also a great teacher by making us accountable for what we do and giving us opportunities to learn from our mistakes and make amends. 

  1. Karma in your everyday life

   Knowing the concept of Karma does not mean you need to stop having feelings. It is ok to be happy or unhappy. We can feel sad for example when an ice cream shop does not have our favorite. It is ok to feel that way but just don’t hang on to that feeling and let it ruin your day. 

   Karma is a culmination of the actions made in this life or another life. You should actively try not to commit unwholesome actions and enjoy accumulating virtue. Karma is nothing new but it is important for the mind to be familiar, to reflect, meditate, and think of this deeply. So that you can feel karma in your heart and mind rather than it just being words.

  1. Now what?

   Don’t start obsessing over the not-so-good things you have done in your life that may come back and bite you in the rear. All we can do is be accountable and try to be positive, change the way we think and act. You can also look forward to the return of your positive energy coming back to you. Good deeds are usually worth it and I am sure that is something you have known all your life.