“Karma” means action. It is an ancient word referring to the “universal order” – the law of action and reaction. The concept of karma is used by different religions and spiritual beliefs, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and reflects past actions in a person's life. If you feel negative karma accompanies you, here are some examples that might help you in your quest for balance.
Method 1 of 3: Fixing Errors
Step 1. Apologize
If you know you've done something wrong or have offended someone, apologize. Be honest about the mistakes you made and what you learned from them. This attitude will lead you to the path of positive karma. Try saying:
- "I'm sorry about what I said about your food last week. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Please forgive me."
- "I'm sorry I didn't call last night. Why don't we have coffee at the end of the week?"
- "You are absolutely right to be upset about what I did. It will never happen again."
- "What I said in our discussion last week was lip service. I apologize for my bad mood. Will you forgive me?"
Step 2. Write about your transgressions
If you think you have negative karma but aren't sure where it comes from, start by writing about what you think you did wrong. Think back to a specific time in the past and make a list of your attitudes that might have generated this karma. This initiative will serve as a starting point for making the necessary repairs. Think carefully:
- Have you offended someone with words?
- Have you offended someone with attitudes?
- Did you forget or ignore something you should have done?
- Did you lie about something?
- Have you broken a rule or broken a law?
- Have you been selfish or neglectful?
Step 3. Reflect or meditate
You may know what you did to receive negative karma. However, you need to understand why your actions had a negative impact on you and the people around you. To better understand, reflect on your actions. There are different meditation techniques:
- Breath Meditation - The focus of this meditation is to control the breath. This technique helps to control the mind and promote inner peace. In a quiet place, sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Be aware of the sensation of air entering your nose and leaving your mouth. Continue this exercise until you begin to relax and feel your mind clearing.
- Transformative Meditation - This type of meditation is intended to bring inner peace by training the body not to be disturbed by physical or mental discomfort. It is done through the study of philosophy that guides moral values, and you can delve into the subject by reading materials from your religion or related religious figures, reading the work of philosophers, or studying about science and the creation of the universe.
- Loving-Kindness Meditation - This type is practiced in four stages: preparation, contemplation, meditation, and dedication. In the first step, you need to sit in a comfortable position and breathe deeply. In the contemplation stage, it is necessary to reflect on how life should be appreciated and that happiness comes from good deeds. The meditation part itself inspires concrete ideas for the practice of good deeds, such as: “I will enjoy each day” or “I will be kinder to myself and to others”. The dedication step is to experience the promises made during meditation.
Step 4. Be charitable
Mahatma Gandhi's famous phrase says, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself for the benefit of others." Negative karma can be reversed with positive attitudes, which include:
- Donating your time to some cause (i.e. volunteering at an animal shelter or serving soup to the homeless.)
- Donating money to some cause (i.e. National Diabetic Assistance Association.)
- Praise more.
- Do some kindness (i.e. cook dinner for your partner or make repairs to elderly neighbors' homes.)
Method 2 of 3: Moving Forward
Step 1. Break the routine
If you've already been able to identify the actions that led to negative karma, it's time to make an attitude change.
- When you realize you're being negative towards someone, the next time you meet that person, start the conversation with a compliment. Keep practicing this action as a new positive habit.
- If you're being selfish, do some kind of charity, however small. Try something simple like holding the door for someone to walk through. Develop a routine of good deeds.
Step 2. Be positive
Life is hard and bad things happen. Thinking positive may not reverse bad events, but it will help you deal with stressful situations. Try to think about the positive things and always see the good in everything.
- Enjoy the time. If the weather is good, think that it won't always be that way.
- Give thanks for your health.
- Enjoy a meal. Sometimes we eat without thinking. Try to contemplate with awareness the taste of a good meal.
Step 3. Be responsible for your own actions
Karma means action and you are solely responsible for yours. Try:
- Stop blaming others. It's a bad habit. Reflect on what happened and learn to move forward. Blaming others will only delay this process.
- Practice self-awareness. Worrying about the future will not help you live in the present. Focus on the daily tasks you can manage to live a more positive life.
- Be responsible. You are solely responsible for your actions. If you're in an argument with someone, for example, you can control what you're going to say or how you're going to act. Focus on that.
Method 3 of 3: Creating Positive Karma
Step 1. Be aware
Buddha says that "Mind precedes all mental states." This means that you should reflect on your own actions and how they affect others around you. As in the practice of self-concentration, you should be aware of your actions and decisions, as they reflect the attitudes of others towards you.
Step 2. Be kind
There is a saying: "Treat others as you would like to be treated." This golden rule can help reverse negative karma by eliciting kindness and kindness. Praise such as, “What you said about [x] was really smart” or “This dinner is delicious. Thanks for cooking for me!”
Step 3. Chant mantras
Language is a powerful tool. To create positive awareness, you can chant or recite a mantra.
- Practice self-assertion in front of the mirror daily. You can say something like, "I will be more positive today" or "I will complain less about problems." This will help boost your self-confidence and develop a more positive routine.
- Chant mantras related to your spirituality. For example, in Catholicism, words can be uttered when praying the rosary. Nianfo is a Buddhist chant from East Asia. Whatever your religion or belief, find out if there is a mantra or chant that will bring you even closer to your faith.