Karma is a word that gets thrown around in conversation and often times in a jokingly manor.  We hear about it on TV or in books, but if you are anything like me, we never really took it seriously.  It always seemed as if karma was this mystical thing that we can’t see or touch but had better watch out for.  We hear about the bad side, how we had better be careful or karma will come back to us times 10, but never really understanding or believing its truth.

Karma is all that and more.  Karma is a lifestyle.  It is a way to guide your life, to ask yourself if you would want the things you are giving, doing and thinking in return.  It can be as simple as if you are rude to the cashier at Starbucks, that cashier may get offended and possibly skimp on the whip cream in your cappuccino or conveniently run out of your favorite soy chai tea late.  This is an example of karma, cause and effect.  This also works in the opposite direction.  If you are nice and present with the cashier, you might get a free cookie.  It’s the little things that matter, right?

We know cause and effect happens all day and every day in our lives.  Or actions and mood effect people around us.  They make lasting impressions on people who may not remember what you did, but will always remember the way you made them feel.  We can leave karma at that and most of us would agree that karma does exist and most of the time, never fails.  Karma can also be a belief that most people don’t fully understand and might find strange and wacky.  According to Deepak Chopra, the result of karma is “Every action we take generates a force of energy that returns to us in kind.”  Chopra says that “Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.”  This emphasizes a deeper meaning, purpose and focus on the choices we make.  This is a belief that our choices actually manifests an energy that can multiply and ultimately gets returned.  This is often perceived as negative, but just as negative karma can grow, so can the positive.  The beauty is that we have the choice to make positive or negative energy.

There is no way of actually proving that karma exists, however if you practice this lifestyle and belief, I can tell you that you will start to notice the patterns and how you can affect others.  I believe and have experienced the power of karma.  I have spent many years cultivating negative energy.  I have experienced the power of a negative thought and the endless cycle it creates.  More importantly I have experienced the power of positivity.  When you start to wish and hope the best for others, you start to feel the same for yourself.  It creates a force that no one can stand in the way of.  Your life can flip 180 degrees in a different direction based solely on your thoughts and energy.  The more you give and wish the best for others, the more people wish and give for you, ultimately helping you reach your fullest potential and dreams.

By being aware of the choices you make and the karma you are creating, it can change the way you feel about the past and future, freeing yourself to live in the present.  Be aware of the choice you are making, in this moment, to have the best intention or neglecting to even try.