Creating Good Karma

Creating Good Karma

Did you know that you can create good karma just by doing something nice for someone?

Doing something nice for someone else is like lighting a campfire, everyone around you is warmed by your actions including yourself. In fact, if you’re depressed, feeling hopeless, or mourning a loss, many people (me included) believe the best way to feel better is to get involved in an activity that helps others.

It doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated.

You might decide to feed the homeless, drop off magazines or cookies at a senior center, or spend time caring for animals at the shelter. It might be as simple as calling someone on the phone and letting them know you’re thinking about them. Doing something helpful has an almost magical way of helping you forget your own troubles, and gives you a feeling of purpose.

In addition to the little glow you feel when you help someone out, every good deed goes into your “Good Karma Piggy Bank.” It doesn’t even matter if anyone else is aware of your actions or appreciates them. The universe has a way of keeping track, and every kind act adds up like money in the bank. When you have a time in your life when you need positive loving energy, that good fortune comes back to you.

 

Planting Seeds of Kindness

 

I have a friend who’s the epitome of Good Karma. She is always practicing gratitude, can be counted on to come through when a friend needs help, and is great at listening and giving advice. Even though her friends come and go, and some people don’t appreciate her kindness and generosity, she never lets it get to her. She just keeps on being the kind, giving person she is.

 

She’s been like this as long as I’ve known her, but a few years back her life took a tumble. She was diagnosed with a very rare cancer that was considered to be virtually untreatable. Her doctors advised her to move to New York to see a specialist. The New York doctor had successfully treated others with the same illness, and she knew this was her only change of survival. She had no idea how she would be able to afford the treatment and care, and barely had the energy to think about  packing her things and moving!

 

She was never the type to ask for anything, but a friend secretly created a go fund me page for her. Almost overnight, nearly a half million dollars was raised. All the people who had come and gone in her life rallied around her, advocated for her, and spread the word far and wide. It seemed as if every single person she had been kind to over the years told a few friends, and they told a few friends…

 

Even though she never expected this kind of result from her good deeds, her good karma prevailed. She was able to get the treatment she needed and survived. I wasn’t surprised at all! That’s how karma works!

 

Creating Good Karma is Easy

 

Sometimes life gets crazy, and you wonder how you’ll get through the day yourself, much less practice random acts of kindness. But you can be a consistent source of positive energy and good vibes if you remember these four simple techniques:

 

1) Forgive. Instead of holding a grudge, try to give other people the benefit of the doubt. You might be feeling wronged by someone who had no intention of hurting you. You don’t have to spend time with people who are unkind or thoughtless, but let go of the burden of resentment you’re carrying, and forgive them.

 

2) Express gratitude whenever you can. There’s plenty of gratitude to go around, so be thankful for everything that’s good in your life – the people who care about you, your pets, your job, the flowers in your backyard. The more conscious you are about practicing gratitude, the more good things you’ll attract.

 

3) Be mindful of your actions. Have you ever been in a hurry, and realized that you’d checked out of the grocery store, or left the bank without thanking, or even looking at, the person who helped you? When you slow down and pay attention, you’ll find many opportunities to practice kindness with a smile, a thank you, or a helping hand.

 

4) Be kind to yourself. How you feel inside reflects in how you treat other people, so be your own best friend! Tape positive affirmations to your bathroom mirror, and avoid being overly self-critical and negative. Encourage yourself and cut yourself slack when you need it – just like you would for a loved one.

 

Sincere kindness, gratitude and positivity are all simple ways to make the world a better place. Being a source of light feels good in the moment – and the good karma you earn has a way of showing up just when you need it most. I encourage you to get in the good karma habit, and practice forgiveness, gratitude, mindfulness, and acceptance every day!

 

 

 

The Truth About KARMA

The Truth About KARMA

Have you ever heard the saying “What goes around, comes around “? If you have, then you have heard of KARMA.

Have you ever tried to clear out the emotional baggage and clutter and start off new ? We can’t just forget things that have happened in the past. Let’s stop and think for a minute about the idea of Karma. Basically, it means that what you put out into the universe comes back to you. If you are good and kind, goodness and kindness will come to you. If you are generous, your generosity will be rewarded.

But here’s the thing. Sometimes, karma might not come in a straight line. The universe might throw you a curveball. The great relationship you thought was going to be “the one” might end up being a lesson that steers you to something even better. When things don’t work out the way you think they should, instead of getting upset and thinking the universe is out to get you, stop for a moment and breathe, and trust that things will work out.

However you should know, there is both good and bad Karma and it all follows that rule “treat people how you want to be treated”. Even if someone does something that angers you, is it really worth your energy in retaliation ? Instead, stay positive and distance yourself from that person or situation and let the universe work it out.

When things get rough, sometimes you have to walk away. When other people around you are putting out negativity don’t let them drag you down. Don’t get caught up in their cycle of blame and guilt and self-pity. Don’t dwell on the negativity. Believe in the plan that the universe has for you!

Of course, we’re all human, and sometimes we make mistakes. Even when we try our best, there are times when we are the ones putting out negativity. But you always have the power to correct it. Take a minute to write a gratitude list or apologize if you’ve hurt someone’s feelings. If you’ve been grumpy or unkind, try to do something kind to balance it out. There are lots of ways to make it right if you’re willing to try.

And sometimes bad things just happen. But if you’re going through a hard time, try to remember there is a lesson in it for you, and maybe there is something that needs to happen. Losing a job or having a relationship end can be devastating, but keep in mind that if something is meant to be, it will happen. If it’s not, it won’t. And there’s a reason for everything even if you don’t understand it. Even when you can’t see it right away.

A friend of mine told me a story about a time when she lost her job. She was so scared about being unemployed. How would she support her children? While she sent out resumes, she found herself sitting at home depressed. Instead of staying in the negativity, she called her son’s teacher. “Give me something to do,” she asked him. “I need to get out of the house.”

As it happened, the school was going through a transition, and that teacher had been drowning in extra work. He was thrilled to have another pair of hands. Instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for herself, my friend spent her days being useful. Volunteering made her happy, so she went to job interviews with a sunny disposition. Right about the time things started calming down at the school, my friend got an offer for a job that was even better than the one she’d lost. “If I hadn’t lost my job, I couldn’t have been there when that teacher really needed me,” my friend says. “And if I hadn’t been helping him, I might have been too depressed to get my new job!”

What she thought was a tragedy turned out to be a real gift. Trust in the universe and come from a good place, and trust that what you put out will come back to you.

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