I used to think of karma as a result, a consequence, a punishment. Which it is, just not in the way that I think many of us imagine it to be. We don’t cause karma to come crashing down on us. We live within our karma. Like a pig wallows in mud, we are humans lost in the patterns of our behaviour and tendencies.
I came across SADHGURU on Instagram. What true wise yogi and guru would lower himself to be on Instagram? I thought, dismissing him. But he kept showing up because my algorithms are geared to yoga and philosophy and all sorts of things that I am unconscious of, but the gram knows me well, and it persisted with SADHGURU. Until one day I listened.
What he said made a lot of sense on a broad range of topics. Then UTube began to dig up SADHGURU videos, and that was the end of one entire Sunday afternoon as I indulged myself in listening to his engaging mix of wisdom and humour.
I bought one of his books – from which I have taken his explanation of karma because I found it so insightful and empowering. Our karma is not something that is set against us. It is something that we live within due to our thoughts and subsequent actions creating patterns. If we are inside karma, we can slowly begin to dig our way out.
Our behaviour brings us to a consequence. However, the behaviour and, therefore, the result can be changed – with a great deal of awareness and work.
I know some people are not interested in changing their karma – I am. And since I like to unravel things for myself, I wrote this post.
When we change our habits, we change our life. There are habits we know of, like smoking, over-drinking, overconsumption of food, addictions, and perhaps a tendency towards things such as gossip, judgement, or procrastination. So, if we want to grow and change into healthier, happier humans, we try to eliminate these behaviours.
But these are the known tendencies. Those things are certainly important, but we are also aware of them; if not, someone close to us will soon point them out.
They are karma, but they are known karma. At some point, we will either begin to rid ourselves of the things which hold us in these patterns and addictions, or we will choose to live with them.
We can question all sorts of small beliefs as they arise. I’m not talking about coriander here, which is well-known for being a taste that falls firmly into one camp or another. And if it is a clear split within the same household, then one partner is going to be tested now and again. It’s not a good idea to add it, just in case – I’ve found that out.
Some beliefs and patterns hang around like noxious smells that only we can detect. Unable to shake them because we are attacking them at a surface level where they seem most apparent, they repeatedly return with destructive results.
I have been particularly suffering from doubt regarding blogging this year. Blogging is a habit that must be built and tended to. Being wishy-washy and flowing in and out of the platform is detrimental to the craft. When people are used to your posting, they come and check your blog out. When you are intermittent with your schedule, you become less visible and reliable, and stats and numbers slide downwards, further eroding self-confidence. You fall out of touch with other people you follow and what is going on in their lives. Connections grow frayed. It becomes a spiral of self-defeat.
The defeat of self. Which is what doubt is. A war that we both wage and sometimes lose with ourselves. I have been there more times than I can count during my history with WordPress, and can certainly understand it in others. Then there are broader concerns. As bloggers and writers in a somewhat dated and static medium, how can we compete with Tik Tok, Instagram and UTube?
When I made the decision this time around to become a committed daily blogger, I had to find the answers to all of those questions so that I wouldn’t have them sitting in my unconscious self, driving outcomes that did not align with my better intentions.
Here’s what I came up with.
I’m here because I enjoy writing and reading other writers’ work. I’m here because if I have to come up with a blog post every day, I have to think about what I believe and not just automatically consume other writers’ work and opinions. I’m here because I enjoy the challenge of writing from a personal perspective and overcoming my tendency to remain silent and, therefore, safe from judgement. I’m here because I enjoy interacting with people from around the world, not just on my blog posts but also on theirs. I’m here because this corner of the world is (for the most part) encouraging, insightful, engaging, quirky, and honest. I’m here because I am a better person inside and out when I surrender to the pull of creative expression.
Our karma, it could be said, is our set of beliefs and the tendencies that stem from those beliefs, which is why I find it exciting to work with. Every time we change an idea that we hold about something, we eradicate a tendency that doesn’t serve us.
The world is in a state of collective karma. We are humans living on a planet that is our only home; think how much that collective karma could transform if everyone diligently began tending to their own tiny piece of it.
The Jacaranda trees bloom purple; Year twelves are walking out of school gates for the last time. I remember my own final day, I remember both of my children graduating, and now they are constantly transforming.
Time moves quickly, and I have a great deal of self-doubt to overcome every time I hit “publish” on this blog, but I’ve realised I haven’t got the luxury of endless time to compare myself to other people or some ideal in my head; I should only be intent on having the courage to try and better myself day by day, post by post. I will leave you with my inspiration in this regard. Have a lovely day X
Header image courtesy Chris Curry Unsplash – I think the glass should read “Kick own Ass” 😁
24 thoughts on “The Karma of Blogging”
An inspiring read! 🙂 I also agree that being the best we can be is a useful self-check. I am guilty of failing that more often that I might care to admit but I still abide by the idea – or should that be ideal! 😉
Your posts are brilliantly researched and engrossing Colin, I can’t imagine you not taking due care. I think you should be packaging them all into a book on Brittany, I would buy it in a heartbeat!
Kate, you were among the very first bloggers that I followed after setting-up my WP account. You inspire me now as much as you did then and your encouragement and kindness have remained steadfast these last three years. Bless you and yours!
Well that is lovely to know – blessings to you and yours also Colin and I’m looking forward to your next post – I know you focus on Brittany (and I can see why – it’s endlessly interesting) but the Celtic tribes of Scotland fascinate me also, if you ever want to look into that world I would be a very happy reader 😃
You are very welcome and also thank you! 🙂
There are still a few a few stories from Brittany to tell yet but I will bear that in mind when/if I change direction! 🙂
Really fascinating post. Yes, karma describes an action more than anything. I’m a believer in Karma and I think it’s something I am trying really hard to work on and better.
It’s such a fluid concept, it is something we do and something we are also within. And as we change our karma also transforms around us. I find it motivates me to try harder but also to question myself as to my reasons for doing something (or not doing it). Thanks Pooha 🌹
I feel the same way, these days I am very conscious about my actions.
karma is fate
so why wait?
blogging is tricky; I like to put up three to four posts a week; that way I achieve constancy and quality control ; it works for me —
Once I get cracking and the creativity flows John, I find my problem is stopping to go and do other things. A constant learning curve towards balance these days
Once again, a fabulous post.
Thanks Granny I always appreciate your encouraging comments 💕
The topic of blogging in ‘competition with other social media’s has come up six time in my life over the pas couple of days. I’ve suddenly decided that blogging is due for a resurgence. I love to write and it’s really instrumental in my understanding of myself. I think I’d be writing without wordpress, but the community is gravy.
Jeff I’m so pleased you will keep blogging, I always enjoy reading your blog and I agree, I might be writing without WordPress, but the community is great motivation and a continued source of inspiration when I need it.
I’m happy to see that you’ve renewed your commitment to continue blogging on WordPress. I’ve only committed to one blog a week and admire those who can post something everyday. I enjoyed the words of wisdom from Maya Angelou. Thanks for sharing the video link.
Hi Rosaliene, Maya Angelou is such an inspiration. I enjoy reading your blog posts, I think we share similar views on many things and I always discover a new poet or a some other fresh information.
So glad to know that, Kate. I hope you can also appreciate the work of the Trinidadian poet featured in my Poetry Corner November 2022, to be presented in this Sunday’s post.
Nice reflections on Karma. I too like listening to Sadhguru and his simplified discourses.
Lovely, he speaks so much sense.
I agree, you lose some followers once you stop blogging and eventually your stats suffer.
It’s the algorithms too. But if I make an effort and strive for consistency again, it will pick up. My main issue when I stop blogging is that I lose that creative thread with my writing and it takes a little while for that to naturally open up again. I’m very grateful that it seems to be getting easier again now. I have got to not let it slip again now 😳😊
This is such a fascinating and enlightening piece of writing, Kate. A real eye-opener for me. I was vaguely aware of what karma was, but your post has given me new knowledge and shone a different and more helpful light on the topic. I loved Maya Angelou’s words and video, too. She’s an amazing woman – I’ve always admired her.
I’m so glad you’ve come back to regular blogging on WP again. I’ve missed your wonderful writing. Always so much food for thought. I try to blog a couple of times a week now (it used only to be once a fortnight). My stats (although I’m not one for checking them very often) have improved since writing more regularly and since writing poetry. I couldn’t do any of this if it wasn’t for the wonderful, supportive and caring WP community. I’m so grateful for these lovely people.
Just thought I’d add that I started writing a journal today – this morning. I found it helped clarify my thoughts a bit and I hope it will lead to a better ability to write. Thanks for sharing your original and appreciated thoughts. Love Ellie Xx 🥰💞
Such a thoughtful response Ellie, thank you. I’m so glad you have begun your journaling process, it will loosen knots and lead to surprising insights. It will also help with your blog writing I’m sure. Such a simple practice that has so many side benefits. Just keep showing up for yourself every day and whatever your heart wants to tell you. Stay well 💕