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Creating Good Karma

June 3, 2011

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In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma explains that:

For every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according to whether its cause was beneficial or harmful, to others and oneself.

Basically, if you are a jerk to Life (people and/or the environment), Life will be a jerk back to you. If you are kind to Life, Life will be kind back to you. What is more relaxing than Life being kind to you???? Here are 5 simple steps to be kind & create good karma:

1. Hold a door open for a stranger

It appears that people who have the door held open for them are more likely to hold open a door later–a never ending cycle of good karma. Scientists from Michigan State University observed people walking in & out of a building. In the discussion of their report, “Altruism in Public: Holding Open Doors for those Who Follow”the group says:

However small an act, opening doors can have direct and indirect consequences, and this can shape the future of a civil society.

2. Recycle this week

Don’t trash the junk mail from your bank, that empty frozen pizza box, or the collection of water bottles in the back seat of your car. Collect them into a box or bag and run it down to the nearest recycling facility. If you live in Chicago, here is a list of 30 recycling centers around town:

CHICAGO Blue Recycling Centers

If you are outside Chicago, Earth 911 is a great resource for information, and a creator of good karma. Find them on Twitter (@Earth911) or at their website for a Recycling 101 class: www.earth911.com.

3. Call your eldest relative

My experience volunteering with an assisted-living facility has opened my eyes to a world of lonely individuals. Imagine a life where falling is your biggest fear, TV is your best friend, and on the rare occasion when the phone rings, it’s usually a nurse or secretary confirming a doctor’s appointment. If this might be the situation of your eldest living relative, call them. They will love hearing your voice over the redundancy of a Geico commercial.

You’ll put a smile on their face and create good karma. Another benefit you’ll receive: words of wisdom. The older you are, the longer you’ve lived. Grandparents are a great resource for knowledge since they’ve been through the roller coaster of life. If you haven’t read my post about Chimpanzees: the grandparents of society, find out how you benefit from someone who has been on Planet Earth longer than you.

4. Slow Down

When driving on the highway, do you need to speed? I couldn’t find any reports linking speed to road rage, but I imagine slowing down will decrease road rage and increase relaxation. I did find this from www.fueleconomy.gov:

You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.

You create good karma by consuming less gas and, therefore, being kind to the environment. Also, when you slow down it’s safer for everyone on the road.

5. Adopt-a-species from World Wildlife Fund

As our world population nears 7 Billion people, resources become limited not only for humans, but for other animal species. By adopting a species from the World Wildlife Fund, you will:

1. Receive a cute stuffed animal

2. Protect an endangered species

3. Create good karma

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