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ON KARMA: A STRICT ACCOUNTANT

ON KARMA: A STRICT ACCOUNTANT

Generally, we perceive Karma as a designation of the impact of our actions. In accordance with a lifestyle aware of or engaged in the limbs of Yoga, one’s Karma is the conscious, intended actions a person performs through the social, physical, environmental, and vocal and emotional realms.

It’s less the law of cause and effect and more the actual imprint on our energetic symptoms that these intended actions make. Karma is like the recorded layers of the subconscious mind- it is very likely that how we are in this moment will feed the context of how we are in the next moment. Karma has been called the“strict accountant”, in that one’s deeds and thoughts  become the very storehouse or basis for future experience.As such, our accumulated tendencies build so that our present and future decisions and actions are informed by the residual imprints of our past movements- this is called the Karma Resultants: residual impression of all our past karmic activity.

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 In a way, it acknowledges the plasticity of our beingness – we are carving cultivating and conditioning ourselves to experience the world in a way we define for ourselves. To feel, crave, desire, know- from our own experiential understanding.

As I said, Karma means that it is highly likely that the way we are now, will be the way we are next. Karma is a nod towards our tendency to become enmeshed and rooted in strong habit patterns of bodily actions, verbal speech, and thinking- and thereby the way in which the world relates back to us. But this is not a sentencing. We have the agency to awaken in any one moment to cut the roots of habit.  

EACH PERSON WEAVES HIS OWN WEB OF FATE. WE ARE THE ARCHITECTS OF OUR OWN FUTURE.

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Karma reminds us of our own divine agency, our ability to mold our future circumstance to accommodate our own physio-mental vibrations. If the mind is one with hate, lust, greed- then accordingly it will attract and manifest the condition in which it will satisfy itself in those pursuits. 

From the Buddha Dhamma:

“All beings are the owners of their deeds

They are the heirs of their deeds;

Their deeds are the womb from which they spring…

…just as the wheel of the cart follows the hook of the ox that pulls it” 

Kali Basman

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International yoga teacher Kali Basman enriches the paradigm of Yin Yoga to integrate distinct aspects of Self into an innate wisdom practice to awaken a rich inner life and radiate with ritual.  Her offering honors Yin Yoga as a tool to surrender to our intrinsic wholeness.

On the textured path of mindful healing,  Kali is celebrated for her integration of the 5 Elements and Chinese Meridian Theory with self-inquiry, embodied Anatomy, Buddhist Philosophy of Equanimity, and sharp intellect. 



ON CRAVING & AVERSION: THE TWO HINDRANCES TO MINDFUL LIVING

ON CRAVING & AVERSION: THE TWO HINDRANCES TO MINDFUL LIVING

It has been suggested to me that you cannot simultaneously stay identified with something that you’re at the same time observing- which is why meditation asks of us to consciously note the feeling tones, emotions, sensations and patterns that emerge in the midst of a mindful practice so that we might UNSTICK from the unconscious identifications of our mental patterns. 

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IN TERMS OF MENTAL PATTERNS, YOU CAN CATEGORIZE THE OBSTACLES OF MINDFULNESS INTO TWO MAJOR HINDRANCES: 1) CRAVING AND 2) AVERSION.

I will define them for you now.

Craving refers to our tendency to chase after sensual gratification. Craving occurs when we cling to something we want to remain unchanged, or when we wish something was here that is not. Craving is wanting what is not here right now.

Aversion, on the other hand, is not what wanting what is here now. When we resist, resent, recoil, attack. This is simply craving in reverse- clinging to what we wish or assume should happen instead.

The Buddha suggested that these 2 mind states are what fuel all internal struggles. Craving and aversion are at the root of our suffering.

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That being said, it’s important to acknowledge that it is the human condition. We can not beat craving or aversion because it’s intertwines as part of the human psyche. So how do we navigate these mental patterns without allowing them to contribute to greater suffering?

The Dalai Llama in a lecture once told his listeners that he hates when he orders an ice cream and it melts on a hot day. Having a strong dislike for something is not the problem- your preferences are not what cause your suffering. It’s what happens to your nervous system when you don’t get your preferences met.

So you can have all the preferences you want - be empowered and ask the universe for exactly what turns you on and lights you up- but NOTICE the reactions of the somatic system when you don’t get those preferences met. Find a way to stay ignited regardless.

IN THE MIDST OF CRAVING OR AVERSION, ASK YOURSELF THIS: DOES GETTING YOUR WAY REALLY MATTER?

Remember that the goal is to observe and penetrate our patterns, observe their imprint on our neurology.

In a mindful life we are able to host the arrival of craving & aversion rather than become them. Observing them keeps them at arms length- upon observation you can’t stay enmeshed in the intoxicating pull of their narrative.


Kali Basman

Kali-Basman-Bio-Photo-june-2019.jpg

International yoga teacher Kali Basman enriches the paradigm of Yin Yoga to integrate distinct aspects of Self into an innate wisdom practice to awaken a rich inner life and radiate with ritual.  Her offering honors Yin Yoga as a tool to surrender to our intrinsic wholeness.

On the textured path of mindful healing,  Kali is celebrated for her integration of the 5 Elements and Chinese Meridian Theory with self-inquiry, embodied Anatomy, Buddhist Philosophy of Equanimity, and sharp intellect.