Still rooting our theme in the present, we consider the law of karma, of cause and effect. Our actions, whether small or large, whether to heal or harm, have consequences- for us and everyone. Some we can foresee and many we cannot. Some consequences follow quickly, others may manifest years later. Yet other consequences seem absent altogether. They may not yet have appeared, may never reveal to us (though they may to others), or we fail to connect the dots.
Imagine the energy created by all our acts swirling all around us like dust, some positively charged, some negative, others neutral. It can be a strain to anticipate which particle will settle where, when, and on whom. So let go and free yourself of the illusion that you can control how the dust settles. But you can use the law of karma to be more considered in how you act now. Be an active participant in creating more positive particles that swirl around your life and all of life, unconcerned with who benefits from this, as we all win here. We have in the present moment the learning from past acts and results to guide us. So use the past positively in the present to create a better future- one breath at a time.
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.