Day 9:: Living Karma

Orange Leaves Day 9

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”  ~ Wayne Dyer

As some of you know, I have begun practicing Yoga and am also reacquainting myself with Meditation.  In the process, I am becoming acutely aware of the impact both of these practices have on realigning karma.

“The view of karma, as a universal and personally impacting emotional constant,
correlates with Buddhist and Jungian understanding that volition (or libido,
created from personal and cultural biases) is the primary instigator of karma.
Any conscious thought, word and/or action, arising from a cognitively
unresolved emotion (cognitive dissonance), results in karma.

Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.”

~ Sakyong Mipham

“Any conscious thought, word and / or action, arising from cognitively unresolved emotion — results in karma.”  Unresolved emotion = negative karma.

This “unresolved emotion” refers to self; your unresolved emotion, not the other person’s.  Karma is never about the other person. Karma is always about you. It is directly related to your  words and your actions.

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“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24

Jesus was referring to God and money, but the same is also true of most eastern practices and philosophies.

Either you believe that everything you say or do affects your life in either a positive or negative way, or you don’t. You can’t believe in karma and then give yourself permission to act, or react, negatively to something or someone. You cannot put out negative feelings and expect to receive a positive karma kickback.  You cannot send out both positive and negative energy in the same breath, and then expect to end an identity linked to material possession, experience a sense of inner peace, and / or gain a heightened awareness or intelligence.

You will continue to experience disappointment in certain areas of your life, until you change your attitude, your perspective, or your reaction to the event, the circumstance, or the issue.

It is that simple. It is that difficult.

What changes are you making in your lifestyle and life-philosophy to improve the remainder of your days?

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