The Grace of Karma. What Is It and How Does it Effect Me?
“creating good karma is a blessing for all”
I think one of the most over used and misunderstood words is Karma. What is Karma? How do I create my Karma? Is Karma good or bad? Am I coming back as a cockroach in my next life? These are all questions that come up anytime the word Karma is mentioned. So what is Karma exactly?
Karma first came into being as a concept in Hinduism. Karma literally means "deed or act" and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction which governs all life. Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will creating his own destiny.
Most karma comes in two "flavors" - "good" karma, which leads to positive and pleasurable experiences and "bad" karma which leads to suffering. There is also a completely different type of karma that is neither good nor bad, but liberating. This karma allows for the individual to break negative cycles of suffering.
Christian teachings do not usually include the idea of Karma, although some parallels can be made, as exemplified by biblical verses of God is not mocked, what a man sows he must reap and Vengeance is mine says the Lord. It is also worth noting that most interpretations of Christianity do not emphasize the religious importance of thoughts and intentions, that are usually understood to be a major form of Karma by the doctrines that use that concept.
In a recent email I received from Deepak Chopra I was really moved by his interpretation It is as follows:
"Everyone performs millions of actions every day—strictly speaking, every thought is a karma, along with every breath, every bite of food, etc.—so the billiard game in this case has a nearly infinite number of balls. But something unfathomable is at work here: grace. In short, grace adapts itself to each person. We make our choices, some of which are good for us, some bad, and then grace shapes the results."
"You can use the Law of Karma to create peace, love, abundance, affluence, and the flow of all good things to you any time you want. But first, you must become consciously aware that your future is generated by the choices you are making in every moment of your life. And since every decision we make is a choice between a grievance and miracle, we have -within our souls- the ability to dance from miracle to miracle with every choice. Theses threads of individual miracles can be woven into a magical karmic fabric that allows us to sow the seeds of happiness, peace, and compassion throughout our daily interactions with the world. In that process, we can create happiness, peace, and compassion in our lives and in the lives of those we touch. Choose light over darkness, peace over violence, grace over entitlement, and ease over force, and in doing so our conscious choice-making as well as our subconscious choices will be aligned with the timeless energy of the universe."
With that in mind I suggest that you exercise a little good Karma today. Do something unexpected and nice for somebody for no reason whatsoever except to be nice. Remember if it is good... "Pass it Forward".
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Your Future Is A Big Adventure
Prepare for your future, don't live in the past. Savor your good memories, and use any bad ones as lessons in life. You need to focus on your future not on your past.
Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future. Think, feel and see yourself as successful. To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result.
Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel when you reach your goal. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day and they'll bring your desired goals into view.
Sooner or later, you can win, if you think you can. The cards you are dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Every day you're offered a new deal and new cards.
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Wanna Lose Weight Quickly -Just Skip It!
The best shape I have ever been in is when I was an avid jump roper. Using this one piece of gear is a fantastic way to burn calories and lose weight, and you can jump rope at your own level of intensity for any length of time. In fact, in only 15 to 20 minutes you can elevate your heart rate, work up a major sweat and get an overall energy boost.
From Muhammed Ali to Rocky Balboa, any boxer will tell you that skipping rope isn't something just for little girls on the playground. Few other exercises build timing and rhythm the way jumping rope does. It's a complete cross-training workout that combines elements of cardiovascular and endurance training with muscle strengthening. While you probably know how great jumping rope is for shaping the calves, glutes and quads, what you may not realize is that the constant turning motion of the rope will also tone your upper body.
If it's been a while since you last picked up a jump rope, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, coordination doesn't always come easy, so be patient. Second, when selecting a jump rope, the proper length is important: Stand with both feet on the center of your rope. If the tips of the handles reach chest level, this is an appropriate length. Finally, jumping rope barefoot is not recommended; proper shock absorption is necessary to reduce the risk of injury to your feet and ankles, so wear an athletic shoe with lots of cushioning.
Since jumping rope is so aerobically demanding, the best way to build stamina is to use interval training, which alternates periods of work and recovery. For example, jump rope for three minutes followed by marching in place. Repeat this four or five times and before you know it, you'll have completed your workout.
All jumps start with the rope behind you, next to your heels. The speed of the rope comes from your arms rather than your feet; your feet follow whatever pace your arms set. Be sure to not flex at the wrist while turning the rope. Try to keep the wrist as a natural extension of the forearm. Here are four easy moves to help you get started:
This is just as it sounds. You'll push off your toes and land on both feet, bending slightly at your knees and pushing off of your toes again for the next jump.
Jump on one foot while you place the opposite heel on the floor in front of you. As you bring the rope around, switch feet; continue to alternate as you jump.
The pattern is identical to the placement of your feet in actual cross-country skiing (one forward, one back), except you need to jump a little higher to clear the jump rope. In the landing position of the jump, you will open your legs in a stride position and then switch legs as the rope comes over your head for the next landing.
This is just like the jumping jacks you remember from fifth grade gym class, but the key is to coordinate the jump with the turning of the rope. Turn once with feet together, once with feet apart and be careful not to bring feet out too far to the side or you risk catching the rope on them.
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