“Be mindful of your thoughts as they create your words. Be mindful of your words as they create your actions. Be mindful of your actions as they create your karma.”
That is a beautiful and powerful buddhist phrase to live by. I really let that phrase sink in most mornings when I finish my morning meditation routine. The key thing is the word mindfulness not control is used in regards to your thoughts, words, and actions. I think if you replaced mindfulness with control it may work for a bit but I think too much self control makes for a lot of misery and hypocrisy.
Thoughts are where it all begins, but is no wonder so many people say so many ugly things, do so many dumb things, and have such a bad karma. I think it is because people lose the war at the very first battle. If you don’t know who you are or why you think what you think, you will have some real problems being mindful of your thoughts. If your thoughts are not properly observed the cascade in to wrong words, wrong action, and bad karma can be like a powerful river raging out of control.
That is what we often notice with people who have a bad vibe. They are not resonating with their true self. Their thoughts are ego filled and their words seem to be corrosive, destructive, and abusive. Their actions seem to be careless, reckless, and perhaps dangerous. As a result they tend to have a lot of negative things happen to them in regards to law, finance, relationships, etc.
Then their are those people with a good vibe. They seem to have integrated their ego with their true self. Their thoughts, words, and actions have integrated into their path, calling, or purpose if you will. As a result their karma is good. Their path is righteous and their life leaves them in a state of flow and a sense of fulfillment.
It doesn’t mean that a single negative thought will make you go to hell on earth, but it also doesn’t mean that a single negative thought can’t make you go to hell on earth. Everything is relative. One simple negative thought, such as, “I don’t deserve to be happy,” could potentially ruin your entire life if you let manifest into your words and actions and eventually becoming your life’s mantra.
Mantra is powerful and is used in all religions in one form or another. We know that our minds are our most powerful weapons we have, yet we allow are minds to be hijacked hundreds of times per day without really being aware of the effects this is having on our karma.
I think you can do whatever you like, but I am not sure most people even know why they are doing what they are doing. I think we have the opportunity at this point in time to do whatever we choose. Ironically, most people are doing what they are programmed to do, instead of what they really want to do. Most of this is due to lack of mindfulness.
If you think you might be one of those who has lost control of your karma. If you want to take back your own mind. Then you need to become aware. The best way is the way of all of the ancients. You need to meditate. You should probably get away from all forms of electronics and media for 30 days or so as well. Limiting yourself only to text messages, emails, and non fiction books.
I think a buddhist monk would tell you to leave it all behind and find your true self, and while that sounds pretty bad ass, its not something I am willing to do. I also have a strong belief that if you can’t find your true self where you are currently sitting then perhaps the peaceful mountain monastery is but yet another distraction.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may never come. The time to back your mind, take back your life, and regain control of your karma is right now.