Lately I’ve been trying to fill my life with more positivity, meditation and reading. The first book I chose to study is Deepak Chopra‘s The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success.
The Law of Karma is the third law Chopra explains and for me has been the most interesting yet. We’ve all heard sayings like “you reap what you sow,” “what goes around comes around” and “treat others like you’d want to be treated.” These sayings all seem to point to one thing – a person’s actions.
Obviously before we make any type of action, we must first make a choice to make that particular action. So in getting down to its very core, karma is all about making the right choices.
Whether we realize it or not, everything that is going on in our lives at this very moment is the result or consequence of a choice we made in the past. For some, this is a hard pill to swallow.
See, karma applies in every aspect of our lives…not just our interactions with other people. It applies to our finances, our success, our health, etc.
Chopra says that in life, every single day, we make choices. Some choices we make are made consciously and others are made sub-consciously (or in other words, without us realizing that we’re doing it).
Let’s use some examples.
I walk up to you and say something really mean about your mother. Nine times out of ten you’ll probably do what? – get mad at me
Let’s say I walked up to you with a big smile on my face and told you how much I liked your outfit. You’ll more than likely feel flattered and return the compliment with a smile of your own.
Either way, your reactions were choices. Get it?
You can choose to not let someone’s comments make you feel mad or happy or whatever, but most of us are so conditioned to feel a certain way about certain things that we automatically have these reactions without even thinking twice about them.
When you take a moment to think before reacting to something, then you move your choice making from subconscious to conscious and it feels good to feel a little more in control of your actions and decisions. Trust me.
Since we understand that our individual karma is the consequence of the choices we’re making, now we can do something about it.
As the photo above says, karma is only a b*tch if you are. You can use karma to create happiness, wealth, success…whatever…but you first have to realize that all of those things are in the power of your decision making.
Here is the challenge:
- From this moment forward, before you make any choice, think about the consequences of that choice. Will the choice bring about happiness to you and those around you?
- Make choices with your heart. Only the heart knows the correct answer (man, this is so true) because it takes everything into account…it isn’t mushy and irrational like people make it seem. If a choice will make you feel uncomfortable, do not do it! Only choose what makes you feel good inside.
What is your relationship with Karma like? Do you believe in it?