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. http://www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/1492
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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_yoga. 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!