Friday, May 8, 2009

Karma and the Cosmos

Do you believe in superstitions? I don’t for the most part. I mean really, a black cat crossing my path is going to cause me bad luck?!? Not unless the cat is right under my feet (I have been known to be a rather clumsy girl) or running out in front of the car (of course I’m going to try not to hit it). Crossing under a ladder? Well, duh, that’s common sense (um, see the part earlier about being rather clumsy). How about Chinese fortune cookies? Well, okay, my favorite was one my son received warning him to “beware of splinters when sliding down the banister of life”. I thought that was pretty good advice. Astrological forecasts? Well, if the stars are telling me something I want to hear… Actually…well, maybe there is something to the stars. I mean, they are pretty accurate with sorting out personality traits within the astrological signs. Another thing about stars – they’ve been around for a long time. Maybe they do know a thing or two…kind of like dragons. Yes, I said dragons. They are immortal and have the benefit of the wisdom of the ages. I write fantasy, remember?! I digress.

Earlier this week I received an email about Karma. Now THAT’S one I believe in. According to the ancient laws of Karma, we are the architects of our own fate. Karma, by definition, is the result of our past actions and our present and future actions. I believe it is true for individuals and for groups alike. What comes around goes around. I think if you keep tossing bad vibes into the cosmos sooner or later it’s going to come back to bite you. If, on the other hand you do like you were taught so many years ago to practice the golden rule, I think the cosmos notices that too.

Whether it gets noticed or not, it is the way I prefer to live my life. Be kind to others. It’s short. It’s sweet. It’s honest. It’s the right thing to do. I know there are times when folks make it really tough to be kind…maybe they are having a really bad day. Or, they really need a hug or at least someone showing them some act of kindness. It really can make a difference. Maybe one you don’t have the opportunity to see right away, but its there. I’m sure of it. Just a thought…


Helen Ginger said...

I agree with Be Kind to Others. It's a great rule to live by (or try to, anyway). I do try to follow this one.

I'm not superstitious either. I probably stepped on a lot of cracks, and my mother never broke her back.

I'm learning to be quick on my feet. Our miniature Schnauzer is so old, she's pretty much deaf and blind. She still wants to be the leader though, so she weaves in and out of your feet and then suddenly comes to a standstill when she forgets where she was going or that you're following.

N A Sharpe said...

I know the feeling. I have two small dogs, an older dog (a Yorkie) and one that is 7 months old (a Morkie). I think of them as 3 dimensional shadows that dart about my feet; gotta love them though!


Alexis Grant said...

Yes, I suppose I do believe in karma. But I hate to admit it!

N A Sharpe said...

Lol, I know Alexis! I hate it too, but the cosmos has a way of coming back at ya!


Chris said...

the laws of karma seem to me to be a threat that if you don't follow and do what you're told you're going to get it in the neck.

I don't know much about these laws only what you have written so I could be wrong but most religions have a threat in them. Most have the option that you will go to hell if you don't do what the religion (and the people in that religion) tell you what to do.

I prefer to follow my own way and do my best to give to those people that deserve it the kindness that I can.

Superstitions make people become so cautious (like Friday the 13th) that they expect something to happen and it does mainly because they are so nervous.

I like your blog.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Chris,

A lot of truth there - with superstition I think we often become a victim of our own self fulfilling prophecies.

Karma and religion...I don't know. I think people inheritantly know right from wrong. It is not always easy to do the right thing, but that's where I think the challenge and the crux of Karma lies.

Thanks for stopping by!


Chris said...

Put much better than I ever could :)

Template by