You Get What You Give

According to the dictionary, Karma is a word meaning the result of a person’s actions as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the cycle of cause and effect. According to the theory of Karma, what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their actions.  Karma is not about punishment or reward. I have heard Karma referred to as a threat, as in wishing someone, “Bad Karma.”  This is not an accurate use of the term. 

Karma is like a boomerang, whatever you give out… will come back to you.

Rashida Rowe

I am no expert in Karma, but I do think I get back what I give out.  If I am feeling angry and annoyed, then many times that negativity is reflected right back at me like the rays of the sun on the water. On the other hand, if I give off peace and forgiveness, I will be rewarded by having these very same attitudes expressed back to me from people I come in contact with.  

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It is important to be aware of the feelings expressed in our body language.  The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” can be applied to this situation.  More than what we say, our body language communicates to those around us.  If we were to approach someone quickly with our fists clenched we will get a very different reaction than if we were to slowly walk toward them with our arms outstretched.

Learn to see.  Realize that everything connects to everything else.

Leonardo DaVinci

Most times the messages we portray are less subtle.  We need to be aware of our facial expressions and breathing so we communicate the message we are intending.  The current climate in our country has a lot of us feeling stressed and possibly scared.  These feelings can manifest in ways we are not intending if we are not careful.

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If instead, we try and give of ourselves in kind, peaceful, and friendly ways, we will be rewarded by having these same attitudes from others.  Needless to say, this is not always the case, but it definitely helps diminish the stress when we are calm and happy.

You get what you give can also be applied to other areas in our lives.  Whether you give your time, physical possessions, money, heart, or any other valuable thing, as long as you give freely and with joy, you will be repaid.   The “payment” may not be in the manner you expected, but, in looking back on your life, you will undoubtedly be able to see how the universe provided for you in times of need.

You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of them.

Jennifer Lopez

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