Balance Your Body to Experience True Karma #movementmonday
Some might say the process of the algorithm is what connects us to our communities in the electronic social media world. Others, the more spiritual types, might say it is the “universe’s way” that connects us. How much of our purposeful efforts are dependent0 on the computer instructions and how much of it is our karma?
Karma has become one of those buzz words used in our pop culture and social media world today. “Karma-Chameleon”, as the song goes, is about how if you aren’t true, if you don’t act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, and that’s nature’s way of paying you back. In other words, it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We are the architects of our own fate. Not Facebook, not Twitter, and not the modern day algorithms.
In Yoga, the Sutras are considered to be the most organized and complete collection of aphorisms in the form of a manual definition of the discipline. They are meant to provide us with a consistent set of philosophies that clarify many important esoteric concepts like karma. With my humble understanding of the Sutras, I am lead to believe it was no accident of fate, when I reconnected with one of my oldest and dearest friends after being estranged for 25 years. It WAS the algorithmic formula that directed my news feed into her daily social media updates but it is was our karmic destiny to reconnect by virtue of our kindred spirited connection.
Reconnection and rebirthing are words that are very much associated with karma. When my “bestie” reached out to me in the way of encouragement and support, perhaps it was her karmic vibrations that made me feel like a new path and journey was now available for us to travel. After so many years of distance she now was ready to let me back into her life again. I suppose, she must have felt a sense of comfort in finding out what my past experiences could shed on her future choices. It was at this moment, I realized our karma was now an energy exchange traveling more parallel than it had in years. Our vibrations were more in synchronization and our distance no longer mattered. We were beginning to shift the past actions into a synergy of communications that were creating a new fate.
I believe when you authentically love someone, romantically or platonically, there remains a placeholder in your heart for them…always. Once we are able to conquer the strife, the sorrow, the loss, the anger, or any other negative feelings that might temporarily fill that hole where the love once existed, you can be the creator of a new and more productive path again. This is our karma. Once we realize we can take control and become the creators of our own destiny, the designers of our own fate, we can fully experience the meaning of what it is like to be a karma-chameleon.
Finding balance is one of the hardest principles to achieve in our lifestyles and for some of us, balance is very challenging to achieve in our bodies and therefore our minds too. Toe stand or Padangusthasana, will teach you how to strengthen your abdominals, ankles, knees, simultaneously stretch your hips, glut muscles, and challenge your body to remain upright on one foot on your toe mounds. Balance allows us to reconcile disappointment, manage choices, and follow the karmic journey that helps maintain the equilibrium.