We’ve all heard of Karma, but how much of it do we believe in? For most of us, it’s a fun way of explaining things. Like when that guy weaves in and out of lanes while speeding down the highway and we see him pulled over a few miles later. We say, “That’s Karma”. Or when I find a good parking spot at the mall, I call it “Parking Karma” which really doesn’t make sense, does it?
More importantly, do we ‘invoke’ Karma equally? I mean, do we focus on the positive as well as the negative? The Buddhists define Karma as “the law of moral causation.” It’s more complex than this, but basically, do good things and good things will happen to you. Same with bad things.
It’s a nice thought, but does that mean that WHEN you have bad things happen to you, it’s because you’ve done bad in the past? Vice versa with good. Or is it the ‘balance’ of if something good happens to you, then something bad will happen at some point to even things out?
Well, I don’t know the answer completely, but I can tell you if you dwell/worry about either of the two preceding statements, it will drive you insane and add unnecessary stress to your life. And I’m pretty sure that’s anti-Karma…or anti-Buddhist…or well, just not good!
I experienced a loss recently. Without going into any details, I’ll tell you that it’s the first time in a long time that I, personally, questioned whether or not I ‘had done something wrong’ or “Karmic-ally caused the loss”. Usually, I don’t go down that road. Everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t know what it is. Timing, Fate, whatever. But this time it hit harder than anything had before. I’ve come around to the thought that the reason will become clear and that sometimes things just happen.
I can assure you that doing good and leading a happy lifestyle surely can’t hurt. Whether one believes in Karma or not, it never hurts to hedge a bet. This is what you’re doing when you put good out into the world. By doing so, it allows more and more goodness to penetrate and absorb into the world around. And that’s never a bad thing.