Change, long term change, begins with the willingness to be with what is in the present moment. These Challenges are popular, but has us focusing on an imaginary future self, without first examining and accepting where we are and what we are doing right now. In order to create change and to influence karma, we have to be honest about what we changing. We have to be willing to look closely at our habits.
Karma is not something that happens to us, it is something that we create by our own actions. These actions are a product of our samskaras. Samskaras are deep impressions on our unconscious through our lifetime of experiences. These impressions or samskara are at the seat of determining how we can reduce the effects of Karma and be free from cause and effect.
When we step into mindfulness of actions and speech we can begin to be less driven by outside influences. This activity of mindfulness of action and speech may begin on a gross, more physical level, and over time, become more subtle in our conscious awareness.
Become an observer of the emotional activities of the mind-heart-ego. By becoming mindful of the emotional upheavals, the fears and desires that push us into actions, we can begin to reduce the internal forces that drive karma.
The willingness to recognize the impermanence of the physical, emotional world. That our true nature does not reside within the objects, desires, fears that surround us. Avidya is ignorance, but not learned or intellectually deficient, but to ignore what we are, what we do what we feel. Refusal in ignorance. When we can be willing observers of our own lives we can reduce the ignorance that creates internal and external actions and speech that opens us to karma rather than wisdom and freedom.
As we head into the season of new resolutions, implement the 3 basic principles of long lasting change: mindfulness of action and speech (external action); emotional perceptions and reactions (internal action); become the willing observer to reduce ignorance. Popular 30-60-90 day challenges for the New Year Resolutions are driven by karma. Change that is long lasting reduces karma, and brings freedom from old habits that do not serve your goals.