It may seem naive, but I really believe that if we all began to act from a place of love that all suffering would stop including our own. The concept of ‘paying it forward’ is not knew. You know the idea that if you do something nice for someone you don’t even know, that the niceness will catch on. But I think this concept of karma works in an even more cyclical way than we might think.
If you’ve ever made a gesture such as buying lunch for the person behind you in line, or paying for the next car’s toll, you know that it feels good and you probably made someone’s day (or at least lightened it for a moment). I also believe that the act of gratitude we feel toward our own hearts for having done such an act, opens us up further. It’s as if kindness toward someone else has a boomerang effect as well as a forward propulsion — it bounces back and our own act of love makes way for more kindness and acts of love. We feel lighter, and more equipped to face the day to come.
Plus, we begin to break through the hard shell that sometimes builds up around our own heart. Simply kicking in a door and taking that first step toward acting from a place of love, and we soften.
So, don’t just think of good karma as something that only moves in a forward direction, but more like a tide that flows in and flows out. Open yourself up to letting a little kindness flow, and feel what flows back in.
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What comes to mind when you think of “karma?” Does it inspire punitive images of divine retribution? Do you envision your ex “getting what’s coming to them” for hurting you? Maybe you’re not quite sure what to think when we talk about karma. Too often, karma is only thought of in terms of payback for a wrongdoing; far far away from the fundamental concept of karma.
The Sanskrit word Karma (or kamma in Pali) literally means action. Central to dharmic religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Wicca karma mainly refers to one’s intention or motivation while doing an action. Christianity has it’s own tenets of karma in the “The Golden Rule.” Regardless of religion, the sentiment is essentially the same, “you get what you give.” For those religions that believe in reincarnation, what you “get” can be accumulated over lifetimes.
In essence, all living creatures are responsible for their karma, their actions and the effects of their actions. While I think there is some truth to the saying, “you reap what you sow,” I try to subscribe to a more positive belief that we are all part of the same mortal coil, the same energy and act accordingly. We are, however, all human, myself included. So, until I reach bodhisattva status many lifetimes from now, I reserve the right to make mistakes without judgement. Continue reading →