19 Ways to Create Good Karma
1. Hang this message near your night stand: It's not just about what yoga gives to me, but what I give to the world! Give it to everyone!
As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes. -Bhagavad Gita
2. For one whole day, forget about expectations. Greet everyone with compassion. Have no attachment to their reaction.
Compassion (from Latin: "co-suffering") is a virtue â€”one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnectedness and humanismâ€”foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society and personhood.
3. Wear everything in your closet. Give away everything you don't (and don't buy more). The rule is, if you haven't worn it in the past year (okay, depending on the seasons), you're not going to wear it this year. Don't hold onto those jeans from when you were nineteen. It may not happen again in this lifetime â€“ it doesn't matter â€“ you are never more perfect than you are right now.
4. Pick up litter in your neighborhood. It's good exercise, it's good for everyone and it's contagious! Make it a point to pick up a piece everyday! Give homage to our dear Earth who has carried us everyday of our existence.
5. Do something creative with a youngling. Paint, draw, make sock puppets, role play (yep, I said it), read out loud or simply enjoy their company. Help them to control the force and wield a lightsaber!
6. Make someone an offer they can't refuse. A foot rub, hand massage, lend an ear, a shoulder or give a great big bear hug for no good reason.
7. Pray. Pray for every single living creature on the planet. Do it now, do it every time you remember.
8. Don't tell lies. For one entire day, or as long as you can do it, do not utter a single white lie.
9. Appreciate nature. Go for a walk in the park. Take your time. Sit on a bench. Enjoy the flow and movement of all that coexists. It's magic. There's more to it than we imagine.
About the Author: Tanya Lee Markul
Self-proclaimed existential detective, writer and yogini. B.S. in Journalism. Has lived in the U.S., England, Norway, and Denmark. Co-founder of nobaii.com, a website for offering free services and used items. Visit me at rebellotus.blogspot.com or on Vancouver Yoga Review.