What Is Karma? By Tana Hoy
Karma, contrary to popular belief, is not a moral judgment. More than a “reward” or “punishment,” karma comes as a result of your behaviors, thoughts, and actions.
In simple terms, if you do good things for others, you experience good. If you do bad things to others, you experience bad.
What are the different kinds of karma?
There are three different kinds of karma a person can experience. Below are the three kinds and what each one entails.
Mature karma is all your karma collected together from your previous lifetimes, ready to be experienced in your current one. This karma cannot be changed or prevented.
Stored karma is karma accumulated from all of your thoughts and actions from this lifetime, along with your previous ones. It is karma that has yet to be resolved or experienced. Accumulated karma is karma waiting to be fulfilled in this lifetime, or in your future lifetimes.
Present karma is karma created in your current lifetime based on your daily actions and thoughts. It is an instant type of karma, created and resolved immediately, and is readily evident in your day-to-day life. It can be as simple as throwing gum on the floor and then stepping on it a minute later
The Importance Of Eliminating Bad Karma
Eliminating bad karma keeps you on the path towards growth. Once you clear away your bad karma, you start the process of living a new life, free from your past mistakes and sufferings. Plus, you learn from your errors, helping you to make better decisions in the future.
Karma keeps you responsible for your own thoughts and actions. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life, you may be reaping the results of your previous unwise thoughts, actions or decisions.
How To Eliminate Bad Karma
Since karma can be summed up as, “What goes around, comes around,” you can eliminate bad karma by breaking free from its cyclical patterns. One way to jump off the karmic wheel is to stay in the present moment.
One way to remain in the present moment is through daily meditation because regular meditation keeps you centered and self-aware. Being in the state of present awareness helps you to realize the motivations of your thoughts and actions.
Knowing where your thoughts and actions come from, gives you the space to consciously choose your actions and reactions towards other people.
Being consciously aware of the decisions you make and how you make them also allows you to not fall into the same karmic cycle.
All in all, karma is simply one of the universe’s ways to mirror your thoughts, actions, and deeds. It is a system that helps wake you up to your own unconscious thoughts and behaviors.