The Google Dictionary Defines Karma as the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence (re-incarnations), viewed as deciding their fate in future existences
When I decided to follow the Karmic Fitness program by Neha Jain of GMCKS Lightworkers, I did not fathom the exact extent of hard work it would be. After all I am a god fearing person who lives life by certain principles and values that include – do good, never harm anyone, do not cheat and believe in hard work. How difficult would it be to fit into a Karmic test and come out unscathed. But boy! I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Karma is not just about what you do, it is also about what you think or feel. And if that’s not enough, Karma is also about what you don’t do! In its simplest form Master Choa Kok Sui defines Karma as the fruit of the seeds we sow (remember ‘what you sow, so shall you reap?). In a four post series throughout the month of September, I am going to give you a peek-a-boo into the challenges I faced while trying to fall in line with the expectations of the Karmic Fitness Program during its first four weeks.
Disclaimer – Please feel free to read my views with a pinch of salt. My satiric stand is meant only to share my internal turmoil and also to make for an interesting read. I do not intend to offend anyone in any manner.
Karmic Dilemma – Why do I not receive enough appreciation for my efforts?
Karmic Advice – Do not criticize others. Genuinely appreciate others for their efforts.
For those who know me to an extent of even an iota, know that I am a person of strong opinions.
Why would anyone do something like that? What he/she did was absolutely unethical! Who on earth can be so dumb?
All my life, I have lived by certain principals and all those who have chosen to differ or deviate have been at the receiving end of my wrath. (No I have not always been vocal on the face in expressing my displeasure) But I have surely expressed my annoyance at some platform or the other ( even if it meant offloading my opinions to my diary). And oh! But the lesson to not bad-mouth anyone is one lesson I learned long time back in life. So no, this time around my woes were not about restraining myself from criticizing others.
The finer print of ‘Not Criticizing Others’ condition reads that do not criticize anyone even in your mind. That means, I AM NOT EVEN ALOUD TO SULK! Can you imagine that? I mean I can’t be vocal about my displeasure. Fine. But I can’t even think it over in my mind? That’s sacrilege! How do I deal with my menopausal mom then? And how do I keep my blood pressure levels under control whenever (read everyday) my maid throws a tantrum about wanting an increment every 6 months?
I am thankful that I do not work anymore, otherwise I would have had a difficult time surviving the challenges of working with unreasonable seniors/colleague/ cross department equivalents etc. etc. and not being able to even feel frustrated. All for the fear of sowing seeds of criticism.
I could keep adding to the list.
But the crux of the matter is that criticism (unless it’s genuinely constructive) at any level, be it verbal, mental or emotional level is not allowed.
It’s not over yet! Let’s get to the appreciation part. (believe me that’s the more challenging domain)
One thing that I was relieved about was that I am very generous with appreciation to appropriate benefactors. In my day-to-day physical real life, that is. When it comes to the social media, I have remained rather stoic for a very long time. My reserved being, found the idea of appreciating someone over and again on social media quiet errr…. I am sorry I can’t find the correct word for my discomfort. Also, I do realize that as an aspiring blogger/author, this trait of not being able to appreciate others enough is definitely a shortcoming. So my task was cut-out. I decided that I am going to be more generous with praising others’ genuine efforts on social media.
But that was easier said than done. If you’ve been around in the social media arena, you will understand that relationships here too tend to be transactional. However genuinely you like somebody, you can keep track of only those who are in your line of sight directly (read – who keep coming back to interact with you) so when I began to leave praise messages for some people who I genuinely appreciate and look upto, somewhere in the nook of my mind, an expectation of reciprocation sprouted. And the very next moment, I became vary of the fact that others might be thinking the same about me (that I have suddenly become an active appreciator to garner appreciation in return). But all those wonderful people out there please know that while I would surely be encouraged by a little praise here or there, I know for sure that it is not an expectation when I appreciate you.
Well, that was my first week of Karmic Fitness in a nut-shell. I am still training my mind to not form a criticizing opinion of anyone or any situation at the drop of a hat. But yes, I am making progress. And as far as appreciation is concerned, I only worry about the fact that people around should not start wondering why I am being so generous with my positive comments lately. If you are reading this post, you now know why!
Trivia – Does criticizing the government, the system and infrastructure add to the negative karmic account too? Oh! But refraining from THAT kind of criticism would make life way too bland for so many of us.
And one more! Next time when I meet my BFF, how do I fill in for the time we otherwise used for bitching about everything under the sun?
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