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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Purifying Karma

Last week I wrote about karma, about the fact that evil does in fact exist and is the consequence of actions that we, collectively, have taken. When we cage people at our border and hold them indefinitely, we have all participated in an evil action. Then when we forget about them during a pandemic because they are no longer "newsworthy," and we cannot look beyond our own immediate interests, we magnify that evil exponentially. Our first instinct may be to excise the evil doers, but the problem is that karma is collective and so excising one or one hundred of us isn't going to solve the problem. We need to shift the culture.

You may be thinking that shifting the culture sounds great, but it isn't easy. In truth, it's not difficult by it isn't fast, either, and we are an impatient lot. We want our solutions now, and available in microwave safe packaging. If a proposed solution takes longer than our lifetimes so that we won't get to see the results, our interest wanes. Suddenly the children and grandchildren we claim to love aren't as important as they were before - at least in terms of what we are willing to invest in their future. If you doubt that, count the climate deniers among us and sigh.

What will purify our karma and reduce the evil among us is compassion practice and compassionate action. Many spiritual traditions have practices we can engage that will increase the compassion in the practitioner. Increasing our compassion will in turn energize compassionate action. You can find a practice that suits you by googling "Compassion Practice." Start today, and continue for the rest of your life. I promise you will see changes in yourself, and in those around you. There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

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