“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
We have all heard about Karma, and how if we do something bad to another person or witness something being done, that Karma will “get them.” It’s probably a loaded questions with lots of grey line, but, when we look at Karma in a bigger sense what does it mean?
Karma means action or activity that produces a result and leaves behind an energetic impression inside our heart and minds. It can originate from many different places, whether its a thought, a word, a deed or perhaps even something that we perceive with our senses. Every karma has consequences, which can occur sooner or later, and could be obvious or subtle. It is recorded into the memory of the universe. As Isaac Newton said, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
If we are looking to contribute to the universe on any level, the energy of kindness and compassion, positive energy gives off more positive energy. If we are only displaying, thinking or acting in a negative manner, there will be an equal reaction. Karma encourages us to act selflessly and for the benefit of others. It may take a long time for karma to come back to us, but I invite you to not worry about that part, look and see how it feels to act selflessly and for the benefit of others. It is important to act karmically, to ensure our lives are filled with positive and happy energy, but know that these “paybacks” in karma may be so minute that we aren’t even aware of them.
When we can act from a place that is loving, warm and caring, we invite this in to our lives. Karma is ultimately our “action” of everyday life, what we put out and give off, and how this ultimately affects our lives and those around us, projecting what will come back to us as we continue along our paths.
“All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge.
It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.”
Yogacara offers regularly scheduled Karma classes. We believe that there is no time when people should be excluded from practice because of financial restraints. We also know the challenges of teachers seeking experience in the community. At Yogacara we offer a Karma Yoga program which allows everyone to Pay-It-Forward. Classes are offered regularly and can be found on our schedule. Read more here….