A surplus of good karma is always a good thing. The easiest way to explain karma is cause and effect. When one thing pushes another pulls. We don’t always see the effect immediately but it will show itself sooner or later.
1. Give up gossip.
Gossip is when you talk about people who aren’t there. In its best form, you are regaling how wonderful your friends, colleagues, and family are. Of course we all know it can take a nose dive and become a "misery loves company" type of event.
2. Hear no evil, speak no evil, think no evil.
This applies to yourself and to others.
Do you look for what’s good or what’s bad in others and in situations? Practice seeing only the good in yourself, in others, and in your circumstances. There’s a school of Positive Psychology that in simple terms suggests the bad falls away when we focus on the positive.
3. Listen—really listen.
Not in that active, repeating way but in a way that the person knows you’re really there with them and not mentally putting together your dinner menu or shopping list. There’s no need to offer advice, give your opinion, or try to make them feel better. Just be there.
Forgive yourself, your partner, your family, your friends, your community, the government. Forgive all the perceived ‘baddies’ in the world.
All the bad stuff comes from some place of fear or broken heart. If we accept that we are all connected and we’re all in this together, then we are all active, loving participants of life in some way. There’s always room for more forgiveness and we can all use more love.
5. Share what you’ve learned.
To learn something is your karma. When you adopt the teachings of your karma to help others, it becomes your dharma.
Now, having karma isn’t a bad thing—we all have it. What we do with our karma is what we’re here for: to learn, to love, and to share our unique gifts, love, and wisdom with others. You might even leave a legacy by leaving the world in a better way than when you arrived.
How will you boost your karma? What legacy do you think you could leave? I'd love to hear your thoughts. After all, sharing is great karma.
Eilish is a member of the DOYOUYOGA Community. The opinions and statements expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of DOYOUYOGA and Skyrocket Media.