We have reached the finale of this series… last week we defined what karma is which is the law of cause and effect… every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. Every time we think or do something, we create a cause, which in time will bear its corresponding effects. We also spoke about the effects of karma in our daily lives which are: our intentions, seeking revenge, transformation and so on.. if you missed last week show here is the link to part 1. What goes around comes around (Karma)part1
Today I will discuss how we can attract good karma in our lives ….
What are they?
(1)Make kindness and compassion your religion:
Make kindness a way of life … have it as a religion, be compassionate to everyone and everybody including, animals, plants, nature… Treat our earth with care and try and recycle, as much as possible… look at global warming, greed, selfishness see the negative effects it has on our planet……
One of the easiest ways to send good karma into the world is to live from a place of compassion. Gandhi declared: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If drawing good karma into your life is your desire, you must first practice what you hope to receive.
Also remember the golden rule: treat people as you love to be treated
Karma is simply about being kind. Not just for a moment but always, throughout one’s life, in every aspect of our living, in every relationship, in the way we conduct our business, in all our interactions — when you approach everything you do motivated by an attitude of kindness and good intentions you are creating a great deal of good karma, the kind that creates the cause for others to be kind to you. It is the surest way of developing a life where aggravations simply dissipate.
(2) Test your patience by giving way when driving: A funny one but thinking about it there are many opportunities to create good karma when driving especially in Lagos where our patience wears thin. Giving way to someone on the road, slowing down when someone wants to overtake you, curbing the sense of annoyance that arises when someone drives badly or inadvertently knocks you — these and other aggravations
Associated with driving are wonderful ways to train the mind to respond with a calm smile. Even when the right of way is yours, give way. When you refrain from making your time on the road a battle between you and other drivers, it becomes a far more pleasant ride, and every time you give way to someone, you can take great satisfaction in knowing that by just curbing your impatience you have created good karma.
(3) Give of yourself and time in voluntary work and charity: Find out ways to give back to society by doing some voluntary work or donating to a good cause where possible… The act of giving is a wonderful way to create good karma — generosity creates the good karma for one to enjoy the generosity of others. When you donate to a charity that does good work you are expanding your store of accumulated karma associated with feelings of compassion. Always donate with a generous mind — give happily and with absolutely no trace of reluctance. The purer the motivation that accompanies your act of giving the more powerful is the act of charity. If you cannot afford to donate money, donate your time and effort, your skills or contacts — these count as much as cash. As long as the motivation is pure and not diluted with any negative thoughts of hidden agendas, you will have created powerful good karma.
(4)Be a good and active listener to a stranger or a friend going through hard times:
When someone comes to you for an ear to listen to their litany of woes, or a shoulder to lean on because they have no one else to turn to, do not push them away even when it is someone you may not be particularly close to, even when you are too busy, even when it irritates you to sit and listen to someone whining and complaining. You can be a friend to anyone and everyone. All you need to give up is your time. Be a friend even to a stranger. Be there for anyone. Use your stronger spirit to help a weaker one. Share the happiness of your soul, even with a stranger, and you will be practicing true compassion.
(5)Forgiveness. Self –forgiveness and love : holding on to resentment and seeking revenge only causes you more pain and robs you of your peace, causing ill-health and high blood pressure and so on… there is a saying that if you seek revenge it is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die…
Lack of forgiveness locks you into the pain of the past, and keeps you a prisoner of it. Whenever we have traumatic or extremely painful experiences, we leave a piece of ourselves behind – essentially, a fragment of our soul gets stuck in that moment, and keeps reliving that painful experience as a perpetual now. This is why these painful experiences tend to keep surfacing in our memory, because we are actually living and reliving them over and over again in the present moment. Forgiveness is the only way to free yourself from this eternal prison.
When you forgive you are at peace and you feel more positive, a burden is released and you can attract good karma to yourself because you have a better state of mind…
(6)Gratitude: if you are grateful for the little thing: you are alive , your health, you have a job, you have bills to pay , you have a business, you have people that care for you… if you focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have you find life more interesting, happier because you will start attracting good things in your life… remember what you give your attention to grows. Gratitude is so important to your state of well-being…. Gives good health, puts situations into perspective. When you can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay stuck. You always see the glass as half full…. Gratitude helps you realize what you have. This can lessens your need for wanting more all the time. Gratitude strengthens relationships, reduces stress.
Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviours like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations,” “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress,” Emmons says.
Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system.
(7) Be aware of the choices you make: In every moment, we have access to infinity of choices. Some choices are made consciously, while others are made unconsciously. Unfortunately, a lot of our choices are made unconsciously, and therefore we don’t think they are choices — and yet, they are How you respond to situations is your karma… how people treat you is their karma… so you have a choice to be angry, happy, peaceful…
The best way to use karmic law is to step back and witness the choices you are making in every moment. When you make any choice, ask yourself two things: “What are the con-sequences of this choice?” and “Will the choice I’m making brings happiness to me and to those around me?” There is always one choice that will create maximum happiness both for you and for those around you. This choice is the spontaneous right action because it’s the action that nourishes you and every-one else who is influenced by that action.
(8) See your bad choices as an opportunity to learn… If you want to transform your karma to a more desirable experience, look for the seed of opportunity within every adversity, and tie that seed of opportunity to your purpose in life. This will enable you to convert the adversity into a benefit, and transform the karma into a new expression.
Begin by asking yourself, “What message is the universe giving me? What can I learn from this experience, and how can I make it useful to my fellow human beings?” For example, if your health was affected for not having work/ life balance, perhaps the message is that you need to slow down and be more attentive to your body by eating right, exercising and having some time for yourself. And if your purpose in life is to teach others, then by asking, “What can I learn from this experience, and how can I make it useful to my fellow human beings?” you may decide to share what you’ve learned by writing a book about living a balanced life. This transforms your karma into a positive experience.
Food for thought
I always say life is a journey and Rome was not built in a day… its consistency and practice that will get you there… putting all these tips into practice you begin attracting and sending good karma until it becomes part of your life experience.