Creating Good Karma

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Do you believe in karma?  As in the ever popular simplification that ‘what comes around goes around'?  This perception of karma is one of the most widely held beliefs among people of different cultures and religions around the world.  Karma, and karma creation is also one of the new age foundations for most self-help and money making books popular in today's market.  The reality is that most good people want to believe that their good actions can create good in their lives. One positive thing creates another.  And that we have some power as to the amount of good that come in our lives.  

The problem with believing in good karma, is that you indirectly also believe in bad karma.  So when bad things happen to good people, you immediately question WHY?  What did they – or I – do to deserve this?

Maybe its a throwback from my wannabe hippie years, long before I had children.  I do believe in karma.  And I do believe that each of us can start creating good karma in our lives – empowering ourselves and our children simply by changing the way we think.  I also think that teaching our kids about karma, and about ‘paying it forward' in life can help them to become better citizens of the world some day.

So how do you go about creating good karma?  If you take it from the self-help books,  the only people who create good karma are those that have no negative feelings, emotions, or reactions to life at all.  The perception is that they never get in bad moods, feel overwhelmed with bills, want to lock the kids in the bathroom for an hour, or get sick and tired of reading the same book  to their 2 year old, over and over again every day.  That's simply not true. Certainly, there are some monk-like peaceniks in this world that are ever calm, and always grateful, and always happy – but they are few and far between.  

The real trick to creating good karma is realizing you have control over your thoughts and feelings. When you feel yourself slipping over the edge, feeling overwhelmed, or full of anxiety or frustration – you simply take a parental time out to breathe in and out, and think about the good things in your life.

The real trick to creating good karma is realizing you have control over your thoughts and feelings. When you feel yourself slipping over the edge, feeling overwhelmed, or full of anxiety or frustration – you simply take a parental time out to breathe in and out, and think about the good things in your life.

 When you feel trapped in a life that seems to be similar to a hamster wheel and you just don't know how many more episodes of Max and Ruby you can take – you change what you are thinking about, and therefore create a more positive mental environment as well.  This way, you are actually paying attention to the good things and changing your focus to the good things in life. 

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As for karma – I believe that the Universe realizes we are all just trainees in this world.  We simply have to try to do good more than bad.  To try to love more than dislike.  To try to be better more than worse.  The karma comes with the trying, with the intention. We create good karma as we strive for the good for ourselves, for our families, and for others. When we are considerate, passionate, happy, joyful, grateful, giving, and laughing we are creating good karma. And this is a valuable lesson to teach our kids. 

I am not a believer in giving so much of yourself, your time, your money,  and your efforts that you leave little for yourself.  In my opinion this kind of servitude is not necessary to make our lives healthier and happier.  I think we have to take care of ourselves and our families first and foremost.  Once we've done that, we can use the rest of the time to extend our hands outward. And really its simple.  You help others when you withhold judgment.  When you let someone go in a traffic jam.  When you hold open a door for someone, or return the dollar to the cashier when she gives you too much change.  These actions wont necessarily change the world – but they will change your outlook on life.

In our house, my kids and I talk very often about karma.  We don't feel the need to persecute others, because we know that their karma will come, so we can let things go.  We also are able to take a few seconds to stop and think before we react, or get caught up in a swirl of negativity that can be all consuming.  And the idea of creating karma helps us to always strive our best; to be good to ourselves and others.  

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Creating Good Karma

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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