Our Energy Follows Our Attention

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“We always have choice.”

 This is one of the best things I’ve heard Geshe Kelsang say. 
For me, it rates up there with “The things we normally see don’t exist“, and “Our mind appears objects.” 

I love this because it frees us from the normal discomfort of life. It gives us the power to chose what happens in our life. 
And how good is that?
Some of the best advice I’ve ever been given.
And it was personal advice given to thousands of people by
 my Spiritual Guide. *

Modern Buddhism: the flu

I can totally embrace this because it’s 8.30am, and I’ve been up 5 hours already. With M.S. spasticity and early morning wakening there’s no chance of staying in bed, it just hurts too much!
But today there’s also this sore throat, aching neck and a massive headache. Yup! After being run down for days the flu finally hit home on the first day of an unusually busy week.
Didn’t choose any of that.

But what I can choose – and this is the thing – is how I perceive and react to this big dollop of cosmic poo that’s landed on me.
The aspect of this I give my attention to, is what will become my reality. It’s how my day will unfold, what i’ll be able to do, and how I’ll be when I’m with others. It’s wether I collapse in bed when the day’s over in a tangle of raw nerves, alcohol and pain-killers; or in a snuggle of lovely warm furry babies, duvet and prayers.

That’s blissful for me – but everybody’s different – what magic will you choose to make?

We bring to ourselves what we focus on.

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* nb ‘Personal Advice’

Another Buddhist mind-bender? Just how can advice given to a temple full of Buddhists be ‘personal‘?!
My understanding is that Buddha’s advice to his countless followers over thousands of years, is personal to each n’everyone of us – including the casual observer who sees a snippet on a greetings card – because it’s pertinent to our life right now. Try it out ~ see if it fits with where you are :~)

 

Like this:
Your mind creates your life: Energy Goes Where Attention Attention Flows
 We always have choice. We can choose where we want our mind to go: Pay Attention to Peace

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Karma – the Cosmic Boomerang

It’s easy to define karma

Through the force of intention, we say, do and think things. All these actions produce effects. There are many shades, but basically, good actions lead to good results of a similar nature for us; and bad actions cause us to experience bad things in a similar way. Neutral actions have fairly mediocre effects. As Bob Marley said “what goes around comes around”.

Actually understanding the intricacies of which cause led to what effect is beyond ordinary understanding.
But details are unimportant.

What matters is the now

Because what’s happening for us now is an indication of the karma that we created in the past; and what we’re doing now is creating our experiences in the future.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Most people, whether they or not they are religious, believe that we should engage in virtuous actions, and avoid actions which are harmful” (GKG JP)
It just seems like common sense that what goes round comes round. (Not that common sense always is)

Geshe la tells us “we always have choice“. It’s helpful to know what karma is, and how it works; because now is really the only time that really exists for us. In relation to karma, that means every moment is another chance to turn it all around. That’s why knowing about the law of karma in relation to our lives can be so empowering.

It’s not about punishment or reward, there’s no Karma Police or Judge Dredd out there. Karma’s just “a special instance of cause and effect” ((GKG JP); one that works through our mind stream.
Just about everything is an example of cause and effect, from gravity to grass.

On one level We all know about this ~ drop a glass and it’ll most likely break. Breaking the law will probably lead to some kind of punishment. Being happy for others’ happiness brings us joy as well.

Atisha on the front cover of Joyful Path

But on a deeper level some faith, or at least an open mind is required.
Misbehaving when we’re kids can result in having disruptive children of our own. Giving when we’re younger can lead to living comfortably enough in our old age. Giving now will lead to abundance in later lives. (Just as stealing will result in us not having enough of what we want).

What has been your experience? Does whatever awareness we have of this change the way we do or think about things? Do we think it should?

It’s worth contemplating karma

Even on a mundane level, you can see the law of cause and effect in action; but are you able to see karma in action? Consider this life ~ by connecting things you did previously to experiences you’ve had later in life, a pattern can be formed. I know other Buddhists and myself can trace effects back to their causes. Keeping an open mind to it, or wishing to increase our faith – it’s an interesting thing to do (and can be very powerful).

Vide Kadampa gives some brilliant meditations on karma in his blog*

of interest:
GKG JP – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Joyful Path of Good Fortune
(p227 & p569 in my book)
* Buddhist meditations on karma from Daily Lamrim
* Article from Luna Kadampa asking What’s karma got to do with it?
A bit more here on the karmic effects of giving in an economic crisis ~ What Would Buddha Do? 

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