“When you wish good for others, good things come back to you. This is the law of nature.”—Buddha
All of the people in the world have probably heard the word “karma” and believed in it at least sometimes. Even people who are leaders have thought about it sometimes. Karma sure is a way to keep good mental health in the workplace and in your life in general. But most of the time, we all have a wrong perception of what karma actually means and how powerful it is. If you want to continue to be a great leader that motivates their employees to reach their full potential, you should look into karma and karmic cleansing.
Karma doesn’t mean that if you do something bad, the universe will serve you something bad to “even it out.” This is how most people understand karma. Karma is actually based on your thoughts and actions in every single moment of your existence. The punishment doesn’t necessarily come from the outside world, but it comes from yourself. Karma is an action, not a result. And that action can be a positive thing too.
The Buddha said, “You harm yourself as dust is thrown against the wind comes back to the thrower”. So, according to this quote, karma is not a pay-back that we will get for doing something wrong, it’s literally the action of “throwing the dust against the wind” and the consequence that follows.
Once you understand this you can utilize it and make your future more positive by radiating more positivity. We all want to escape the bad patterns in our lives that attract the same type of people, jobs, mistakes, and burdens, and if we are willing to work on it—we can. Read the following tips on how to cleanse your body of bad karma.
Step 1: Think about your karma
Before you go anywhere further, you have to analyze what is your current situation. Try to think which areas of your life are feeling a bit “off”. You may notice some patterns that keep recurring in your overall life. Maybe you constantly choose that one type of partner even though you know that it won’t play out well. Or maybe you are not moving forward in your professional life as much as you’d like to. Think about which areas are “doomed” with the same results over and over again. And then try to ask yourself why? Where did it all start?
Step 2: Be thankful
Gratitude is one of the best ways to find peace and prosperity in life. It can be easier to be thankful for the big good things that happen to you, but we often don’t pay attention to the small ones or even the bad ones. All the good and bad in your life is the reason that you are where you are, and learning to be thankful for all the pieces of your life will bring you only positive feedback in the future. Make a very detailed list of the things you are thankful for. Start with the smallest details, and try to include some of the bad experiences too. Put that list somewhere where you can see it every day, so when you lose that motivation you can remind yourself.
Step 3: Forgive those who have wronged you
Forgiving people who have hurt you can be easier said than done. However, once you learn how to let go of other people’s bad behaviors, you will be a step closer to more positive karma. From cheating lovers, jealous friends, not accepting parents—changes are people have hurt you along the way. And some of them are not aware of the pain that they’ve caused you. You forgiving them doesn’t mean that you are letting them off the hook, but it means that you are releasing yourself from the negative emotions that you’re carrying around. You are letting go of anger, bitterness, and resentment.
Step 4: Admit your wrongfulness
Forgiveness is a two-way street. It is nice to forgive the people who have hurt you, but it is also nice to be forgiven. We are all human and we will hurt people intentionally or unintentionally. Even though the decision of whether someone will forgive you is out of your control, just being genuinely sorry about your actions and asking for forgiveness will improve your karma.
Step 5: Act with kindness
Karma is simple, you reap what you sow. Make the time in your daily life to be more mindful of the little act of kindness. Give compliments to your coworkers, call your family members, tell people that you love them, etc. A simple flower gift for your grandma, a genuine smile at the postman, helping the old man cross the street, or giving food to the stray kitten can make your world so much nicer. There types of small deeds that come from the heart can really make a difference in making the world a better place to live in!
Step 6: Have good intentions
Good karma comes from within you. Your emotions, your thoughts, and your acts are what is important. Try to treat everybody that you come in touch with respect, empathy, and dignity. Be honest, but also be gentle with your honesty. When other people hurt you, try to not retaliate or yell at them. Instead, try to understand their point of view and forgive them. Your intentions are very important, you have to be sincere in your forgiveness and in your generosity. Don’t force things for the sake of doing them.
Step 7: Work hard on mindfulness
All of these steps are very easy to read and understand. However, when it comes to implementing them in our daily lives it gets a bit harder. It is hard to keep a positive spirit at all times, it is hard to forgive people that hurt you, and it is hard to admit when you’re wrong. So these things make a lot of effort, practice, and most importantly a genuine wish for being a better person.
Mary Walton is a professional editor, content strategist and a part of MarijuanaDetox team. Apart from writing, Mary is passionate about hiking and gaming. Feel free to contact her via Facebook.