Let’s stop the silly stuff about Karma. I think it’s important.
What is karma? I’m not an expert, but I’m going to give it a go here and explain, the best I’m able with my understanding. We often joke about karma, or we use a very generalized expression of it to comfort ourselves in times of suffering. That’s not it. If you are cheated by your neighbor, treated unkindly, a house is not going to fall on them. No. Very seldom is there such a direct line.
What goes around, comes around. No. Not that either. You reap what you sow. No. If we look around, we know that’s often not the case. There are people who create suffering and never seem to suffer for their actions. So, what is karma? What’s the redress, then, for wrongs? Good news/bad news, there isn’t any. But, there’s a better plan.
What you entertain in your mind, what you say, what you do matters. Doesn’t matter your social status, income, etc., what you think, say and do matters. Because it is you. If you care about that, that’s where it is. I care about that. It’s the building block. It’s a solution. It’s an opportunity. It’s an ‘anyone can change, at any time’. It’s a second chance.
When you wake up to the realization that you choose who you are (not talking vocation/occupation), karma enters the picture. It matters.
If you cheat your neighbor and ‘get away with it’. You didn’t get away with it. You’re a cheat. If no one knows it, if the neighbor doesn’t tell – you’re a cheat. You decided. That’s your self. That’s what you put out there. It is going to change things. You may never see it, but it’s going to create suffering beyond the limits of your vision.
Who do you want to be? In any situation, that’s the thought to have. No matter what someone else does, who do you want to be? What do you want to leave about yourself? The more you practice not to create, or leave, suffering for others, you suffer less and feel better. Doesn’t mean you put up with negative behavior from others. It does mean, you use that awareness to learn how to cope with situations that cause you suffering, in a way that is in alignment with who you are.
In case you missed it: The justice, the good news, the redress is knowing deeply inside yourself the value of life, of living beings and making that commitment to choose what you pass on – – to end suffering in your moment, in your place, inside you. This is how things change.
I usually oil my soapbox with orange and olive oil, I’ll go do that and wish you a good day. Thank you. Lilie