Artist Keiko Genka
on display and for purchase at "the pie bird" down town Raleigh
for all beings
is the awakened one
in the state
wisely selected compassionate
You have the moment, right now, right now is the moment. The moment where you decide to let go of negative patterns that are keeping you from achieving your goals. Right now is the moment to live in compassionate understanding of all other beings. Right now is the moment where you let go, and finally love yourself completely, for all that you are.
It was a long ride but I have made it back here. Today I was reading yoga journal and I read an article called "What is karma" by Sally Kempton, and in her article she suggests to the reader to write down three aspects of their karma which they consider a positive skill that they posses, good luck, or basically for lack of better terms "good karma". She also suggests to the reader to write what aspects of their life they see as challenges or "bad karma" and I thought of this while sinking ever slowly into the depths of my bath tub filled with olive scented bubbles that this would be the perfect opportunity to return to blogging. So I am going to present you and myself with my good and bad karma, in hopes of changing my actions for the better.
The positive aspects of my karma would be the ability that I posses to appreciate the good in people and my endlessly sunny attitude. Another aspect of my life that I am deeply appreciative for is that I have never had to go with out, I always have people who are willing to help. I am also now living deeply in a state of gratitude for the chance to learn about different religions and religious paths, and the opportunity to live spiritually minded. All of these aspects are part of my good karma, not to mention being born human and in America, what a gift!
When I think about my negative karma what automatically comes to my mind is romantic relationships, I am such a putz when it comes to that, though at this point I am awakening to the negative aspects of my choices surrounding that so I am more able to clearly make decisions, but it is what it is. Another situation that I could list as bad karma is the fact that I have injured my knee on several occasions and I love to run but I am not able to run as often as I would like due to the number of injuries. And third and final bad karma would be my current economic and financial state, I’m not likely to ever be in Forbes magazine. So I have some ideals in place for the correction or rightness of action leading to more positive states of being instead of letting this negative karma bring me down. When I experience negative karma it is important for me to remember that is clearing up space in my life for something new and I do not have to yet again experience that negative event occurring, sometimes it is easier to deal with than others, for example I can be quite clumsy and whenever I drop something I laugh and think “well just clearing away some negative karma” having that kind of attitude can be such a help when dealing with every day stressors. When I really think about it the good outweighs the bad, and I am extremely thankful to be living in a state of being with so many wonderful gifts and opportunities to follow a path that I am passionate about.
Thinking about these events and the common occurrences in life helps me to realize that everything we do has an outcome, and I truly have the desire to plant into the soil of the universe something positive,not always for the outcome but sometimes, just to watch it grow and see what blossoms.
So friends, my challenge to you is to write your good and bad karma, and to see what part you have to play in these situations and maybe you can change your future for the better. Actually I know you can change your future for the better because the first step to change is awareness. Much love to you and yours.