Thursday, March 12, 2009

Create Good Karma gets its own blog

A few months ago I started a blog entitled "Debra of www.ShopLaMuse.com" - I meant for it to be a forum to share ideas & engage in discussion about doing little things in our daily lives to 'create good karma.' The problem is that I also started adding lots of other things to that blog so I've begun this blog to go back to basics and keep me on track. My goal is to eventually write a book geared toward empowering people to create good karma in their daily lives.

I hope 'Create Good Karma' doesn't sound too spiritual for some ... it's not meant to be religious, cultish or hokie in any way. Although I believe that some principles in Hinduism & Buddhism absolutely have merit, and I admire the Dalai Lama immensely, I don't quite buy into the idea that if you are an unkind person you will be reincarneted as a maggot.

In it's more informal definition karma is described as "action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad." And this is the way I see karma; as a means to identify with the very basic idea that what you put out into the world (aka 'energy') is what you will receive in return.

(Case in point - and somewhat freaky - as I am sitting at the store writing this blog at 3:15 on a Thursday afternoon, a new customer, Sara, came in and purchased a necklace with one word on it: "Karma" Wow, if that doesn't tell you something...)

In my own life I have experienced the wonder, thrill, awe, peace, love and joy that creating good karma brings. So much so that it is addictive. The more good intention that I project into world the happier I am. And during those times
that I slip (and believe me there are many) and expose the less desireable side of myself I feel horribly discombobulated, anxious, heavy and discontent - yuck! Happiness or discontent? The choice should be an easy one yet, given the billions of signals the world sends us everyday, it is a choice that we need to be ever diligent about.

I hope this blog serves as a conduit to keep us all a little more focused on 'creating good karma' and bringing more happiness into our lives.

I will share my good karma stories and post stories submitted by others. Please comment directly on any posting or feel free to share stories with me at Debra@ShopLaMuse.com and I will add it to the blog.

Following are reposted entries from the first blog:

GKE#1 - Sending 'just because' greeting cards - over the weekend I decided to send two greeting cards to my girlfriends 'just because.' I told them I love them and wrote all sorts of fun quotes and affirmations all over the cards ... things like "Be the change you wish to see in the world," "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you've imagined," "Peace begins with a smile" -Mother Teresa, and "I still believe that people are really good at heart" -Anne Frank Anyway ... in a time where we usually only receive bills in the mail, what a pleasant surprise to receive a greeting card 'just because!'

GKE#2 - Participating President Elect Obama's 'Day of Service' to honor Dr. Martin Luther King - Last Monday was MLK Day and my husband, Darryel, and I spent the morning at RFK stadium in DC helping to assemble packages for our troops. It was a morning filled with amazing energy as the city was filled to capacity with visitors for the inauguration. They had set up big heated tents for us to assemble the packages and I saw at least one TV personality ... I imagine there were more ... everyone was getting into the spirit. Michelle Obama even showed up - too bad it was about 30 minutes after we left!!

GKE#3 - Posting on www.USAService.org - Have you seen the commercials with President Obama touting the website? Well, I posted to it trying to promote the fact that I will send packages for the troops and to drop things off at my store. In the 6 days since I posted I have had 10 responses from people saying they'd drop things off ... and I had someone drop off about 30 pounds worth of goodies over the weekend! In addition, last week I boxed up 105 pounds worth of goodies and am dropping them off at the post office today.

For anyone looking for an economical way to participate in the www.AnySoldier.com program. The US Postal Service offers a flat rate box that can be sent to any APO for only $11.50 - how awesome is that? Fill the box with a bunch of used dvd's, books, cd's & magazines ... maybe toss in a few candy bars and, for under $20 you are going to make some soldiers VERY HAPPY!!!

GKE#4 - This afternoon two gentlemen from out of town came into my store. One of them, Chuck, asked me where the nearest post office was. After I gave him directions I asked him why he needed to go. "I need to go and mail the check for my boat storage." "All you need is a stamp?" I asked. He said, "yes, and an envelope." And I proceeded to give him both, "My mail man hasn't come yet, if you leave it I will give it to him." "Wow," he said, "you've really helped me out here, now I don't have to make a special trip to the post office." The second gentleman was waiting outside and as Chuck was leaving the store I heard him talking to his friend, Mike, raving about how I gave him a stamp and an envelope.

Amazing how much joy a postage stamp can bring! :)

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