HOW TO PAY A KARMIC DEBT. “Karma” is the Sanskrit word meaning “action,” though the Buddhist concept of karma is much more complicated than that. Translation is difficult, but karma can be roughly interpreted as “you will receive what you give” and is strongly related to your intention while performing an act. Western society often views karma in terms of debt and surplus, but, in actuality, to pay off a karmic debt you must purge yourself of negative intentions--including the desire to pay off your karmic debt. Purge Negative Intentions Avoid negative thoughts. When you realize you are thinking negatively, whether it is about a specific person, an event or an object, replace those thoughts with positive ones. For example, if you are not enjoying your sandwich, think about how good it is to have food or how interesting the flavor is. Encourage your positive thoughts. Acknowledge when you appreciate something, whether it is in your own mind or you tell someone about it. Remove your delusions. See the world and everything in it for the awe-inspiring creation it is. If you think gloomy days are ugly, take note of the way the gray sky makes other colors appear richer. If you do not like rain, know that it is encouraging the growth of beautiful things, such as flowers.
Purify Yourself Feel compassion for all beings. Grieve the sadness in others the way you would grieve for yourself. Open your mind to the suffering of others, and feel love for them.
Examine your regret, and learn from it. Understand why you did things that hurt other people, and realize how you have grown and become wiser for it.
Make a promise to yourself to not repeat the negative actions you have performed in the past. If you catch yourself in the act of repeating your negative actions, apologize to the person you were going to hurt, and apologize to yourself for breaking your promise.
Practice good actions. You cannot erase karmic debt by performing an action with the intent of erasing karmic debt--the action must be performed out of a good intention to help someone else. Get into the habit of being generous and reading Buddhist texts to better understand your role in life.
Meditate Daily Perform meditation daily to increase your ability to think positively and purely. See the Resources section for a list of meditations you can try, or follow these steps for a meditation that helps you feel compassion for all people. Wish you a wonderful day with lots of love & light. Tercy