It’s always intriguing to see karmic laws in action. It can feel like a little nudge from the universe to remember there is something grander always working beyond what we can consciously control.
You might be aware already of the law of karma: simply put, what goes around comes around. What we put out into the universe must come back to us. Sometimes these theories take lifetimes to play out. We may bring ourselves to great financial fortune by taking from someone and in a future life be born into destitution. Conversely, we may sacrifice ourselves in some way for the betterment of another and find great rewards in a future life. When our energy swings the karmic pendulum a certain way out, karmic law dictates that it must swing equally back toward us the other way to balance it out.
It doesn’t always take lifetimes for karma to play out. I experienced this myself this week, in fact. Before I left Bologna three weeks ago, two people asked me to write them a referral letter when things slowed down enough that I would have time. That in and of itself was funny, because the requestors don’t know each other but the requests came within about 12 hours of each other. They each made it clear there was not a big rush because they wouldn’t need them immediately, and that was lucky because there have not been many (any?) moments of downtime in the last month to focus on anything but moving and the thousands of tasks that come with that. Oh yes, I also fractured my ankle 4 days before our trip from Italy to America and ended up in the emergency room on my birthday. And, did I mention we realized the day before our scheduled flight that the kids’ passports had been swept up in our air shipment, so we had to shift all our plans (flights, hotels, sea container delivery, rental car, etc) out one day so we could go to Florence and get temporary passports for them? Thank you, meditation, for giving me a solid center from which to approach these unexpected complications to an international move, which is complicated by its very nature!
Anyway, in the last few days I have really been feeling the desire to sit down and write these referrals for these women who I was really happy to help. It kept floating up into my mind that I needed to work on them, but again there is always something to do to try to get the house sorted out and feeling more like home, plus the kids have had various camps and lessons so there has been a lot of taxiing them around, and plus when they are home it is hard to get a few minutes uninterrupted at a time to focus on something like that. But, Monday night I was absolutely determined to get them sent out. We were heading on vacation Tuesday morning, and it felt right to have them completed before we left. So, after the kids went to bed I began working on them and didn’t stop until they were both completed.
The very next morning when I checked my email, I received an email from a client whom I had worked with in Italy who provided a reference for me! I have to admit the timing seemed humorously overt from a karmic perspective, but I really believe that because I consciously created the references with a spirit of service to these women, I was repaid in kind. I believe that if I had, however, consciously written the letters with the intent of receiving something from the universe for my effort that I would not have been repaid, or perhaps not as quickly or as evenly (i.e. “repaid” perhaps but with something I did not value as much as the email I received). Remember that the spirit with which we direct our energy in service is at least as important as the service itself. Additionally, practically we reap more benefit psychologically when we energetically and positively engage in service than when we view it as another thing to be done or something we HAVE to do.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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