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Karma Yoga

My day is filled with words. Descriptors of time and place, intentions and evaluations, reports and presentations, new observations. As much as I practice to be as concise and meaningful and as efficient in prose as practical, oftentimes my words are born haphazardly, and then meticulously sown to convey definition. And while I’ll continue to generate many words, I find that the simply translating my words into action results in a greater reward.

It seems as though grandpa was right, “actions speak louder than words.”  What he didn’t say but most certainly knew, were that actions reap greater returns. In other words, you reap what you sow.

And such is the view of Karma Yoga. Karma, in Sanskrit, means “to do.”

Karma yoga is usually translated as “the yoga of action”—that is, using the ordinary actions of your life as a means of “waking up.” Essentially, everything you do—from household chores, like washing the dishes, to “important” duties, like your job—becomes a way of nourishing the universe that nourishes you.

Our actions are one thing that we have ultimate authority over.  They occur here and now, not in the future.  And all too often we become engaged with inaction, worrying over what future results our current actions may bring.

Karma Yoga detaches us from that which we have no control over (the future), enabling us to define ourselves not by our work or the results of our work, but by who we really are – the knowledge of Self. We can then see our actions for what they truly are, selfish or selfless.

Action of some kind or the other is unavoidable. You cannot keep quiet without doing anything.

A major facet of karma is the work one does, and the attitude with which he goes about his duty. Work done without selfish expectations purifies one’s mind and gradually makes an individual fit to see the value of reason.  Action without expectation is liberating.

Karma binds to us when our actions are done with a selfish motivation, and many have experienced current limitations as a result of past actions. Selfish actions, such as materialism, restrain us from furthering our place in life and from attaining an honest satisfaction with our spiritual growth


Citrus Ginger Smoothie


2 clementines, peeled and divided into sections

1 ripe banana

¼ inch slice of fresh ginger, skin removed

1/3 cup Greek yogurt (either 0% or 2% fat)

1 teaspoon light agave nectar

1 cup ice cubes (more if too watery)



Using a blender, blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink or serve immediately. Recipe can easily be doubled/tripled/etc. to serve more!



About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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