Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.
~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Karma is a predictable pattern over time; a vibration; a sine curve that evolves into co-sine and back to sine... Its trajectory may evolve over lifetimes; over one lifetime into its one death; instantaneously, or by the end of time. Think of Karma as a universal ledger keeping the balance of energy. There is not a binary dichotomy of only "good" or "bad," but there is this unified wave of balanced energy, i.e. Karma.
The idea that the balance of Karma is a driving force (or gentle usher) in life is almost universal. Most religions have a causal belief system: The quality of one's past actions affects the quality of one's future experience.
Since Karma is generated and liquidated with every action we take, our lives are a process of karmic collaboration, whether we know it or not. Often, the natural process of Karma is convoluted by the story we tell ourselves, dramatized by our roles, or misinterpreted by our conditioning. These obstacles in our understanding cause a skewing of our natural path, our paths of least resistance. But this doesn't have to be the case. With a little Grace, we can see more clearly who we are beneath these stories and roles, and act from that space of divinity. While acting from a place of Love (the ultimate divinity), we burn up past Karmas and create no new ones.
Finding Grace is not always easy, and often once found, can slip from our intentions in a heartbeat. Some of us are so deep into our conditioning that divinity is difficult to believe in at all, and impossible to feel within our own self. The good news is there are ways to inspire and increase the connection to this Grace, this Divine, and with practice, comes great results.
Some ways to nurture a connection with Divine Grace are meditation, yoga, being outside in nature, and being in a state of gratitude. Actually, anything can be a practice of divine connection, as long as one is being mindful while doing it. But no one action performed one time will bridge the gap. You must PRACTICE, and regularly, in order to nurture Divine Grace.
When I imagined Karma Calendar, my mission was to tip the scales of Karma in my favor, with small actions, done with a clear heart, every day. This simple practice began to work for me, and my life became easier, happier, and more peaceful. Now my mission is to share this experience. My hope is that people can find some divine light of their own by using Karma Calendar to inspire a daily practice. My hope is that Karma Calendar might bring relief.
Remember, Grace supersedes Karma. Breathe deeply and refresh yourself. Begin again, from a place of newness. Karma On.
*waves photo by Clem Onojeghuo