“Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind … what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our our karma is happiness and successs.” – Deepak Chopra
Karma implies the action of conscious choice-making. We will have to keep making infinite choices until our life comes to an end. Some choices are made consciously, subconsciously or even unconsciously. Whether we like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices we’ve made in the past.
So if someone insults us, we get to choose to feel offended or ignore it. When someone makes us a compliment, we get to choose to feel flattered or ignore it. Adults make on average 35,000 choices per day. It’s normal that over time we develop patterns in certain decision-making scenarios which become a condition.
So our reactions may seem to be triggered automatically by people and/or circumstances. We sometimes forget that we still have the power to make a choice. The choice between stimulus and response is always ours.
Try to ask yourself these questions next time you make a big choice:
1) “What are the consequences of this choice that I’m making?”
2) “Will this choice that I am making bring happiness to me and those around me?”
When asking yourself these questions pay attention to what message your body is giving you from within. Is it one of comfort or discomfort? It’s not the appropriate choice if you sense discomfort. This can help you in making better decisions to sow these good seeds.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson