Karma- What is Karma?
What is karma? Karma is a Sanskrit word for action. The dictionary defines karma as the good or bad emanations generated by someone or something. Karma is somewhat akin to the 3rd Law of Motion in that every action has a reaction (to paraphrase Newton). Karma posits that if you do good, then good will come to you. And if you do bad, this will also come back to you. It is simply the belief that what goes around comes back to you.
Think Positive Thoughts
Positive thoughts will bring positive results to you. If you harbor negative thoughts all the time then your negative energy will bring negative things and situations into your life. Practicing thinking positively will allow your positive energy to flow and attract good things to you in return. The Dalai Lama said that “not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck”.
Smile At Others
When you smile at someone, even a stranger, that is a way of sending positive energy out. Positive energy we send out returns positive energy to us. This may take a totally different form, yet will be positive just the same.
Do A Good Deed
If you do a good deed for the right reasons then you will receive positive things in return. You need to do a good deed not because you expect something in return. Do a good deed as a totally selfless act without expecting anything. It doesn’t even have to be something big. You could do something as simple as putting a quarter into a parking meter that is running low, letting someone ahead of you in a line, or paying for stranger’s cup of coffee when at the drive-through. Do something like this and be pleasantly surprised when nice little things start happening to you too.
Respect Yourself and Others
Respect yourself and recognize your own self-worth. If you learn to respect yourself then others will respect you as well. Every human being deserves to be respected as a unique individual with talents and knowledge. Respecting others will also earn you respect in return.
Things You Can Do
- Practice compassion for others. If you feel you have been wronged by someone you need to take a step back and look at the situation from a frame of compassion. Either they may not have meant to wrong you or they will not understand why you are not reacting to the situation. In either case, you will feel much better if you don’t react with offense and indignation. You can also feel good knowing you were compassionate to the offender.
- Show your affection for others. Showing you have genuine affection and feelings toward others can make you feel good and others feel good about you. This generates positive energy in yourself and those around you.
- Show your respect for yourself and others. Recognize your own self-worth, as well as the worth of others you may encounter.
Things You Should Not Do
- Don’t participate in negativity in any form. Being positive will always generate more happiness in your life than being negative. Situations are neither good or bad until you place them into your perspective. Look at the outcome of a game for instance. One person has the perspective of a good outcome because they won the game. The other person has the perspective of a bad outcome because they lost the game. A neutral observer only sees the outcome but is indifferent to the outcome because it has no effect on them. If you change your perspective from thinking something is bad to knowing there is a reason this happened, then looking at it from the position of teaching you a lesson or that something better will replace it, then you will suddenly see things in a different light.
- Don’t be ruled by anger. It is natural to be annoyed occasionally. However, if you carry around anger you are letting the person or situation rule you and your thoughts. Step back and take some deep breaths, then look at the situation again. Try to find a silver lining in the situation, even if it is hard to find. Try your best not to overreact to situations and you’ll find that anger comes from you less and less.
These are some simple things you can do to create good karma in your life. Simple acts of kindness and compassion for others will come back to you at another time and place when you least expect it. Because you are doing these things from the heart and not from a place of expecting something in return, karma will come back to you.