Everything we think, say, and do has consequences. Some are good, some are bad. Some are positive, some negative. Some bring peace, others bring unrest. That is why it is so important to take time between stimuli and responses, between impulse and action. It’s important to pause and think before saying or doing anything. It is important to analyze our thoughts and moods, and evaluate if we are reacting without measuring possible consequences, or if we are responding after a thorough consideration of the possible outcomes. It is important to figure out what motivates our speaking and acting. Is it coming from the ego? Is the ego feeling threatened? Does the ego wants to use this opportunity to aggrandize itself? Some of the great rules to remember are:
1 – Before speaking, ask yourself, “Is t true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” If the answer is no, refrain from speaking.
2 – Before doing anything, remember that the most important thing is to do no harm. Ask yourself, “Will my chosen words and actions harm someone?” If so, choose another course of action.
The practice of mindfulness helps us because it makes of us the masters of the space and time between stimulus and response. It enhances that space and time. It trains us to be less reactive, and more capable of choosing the best responses.
Deepak Chopra describes the Law of Karma or Cause and Effect with these words: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind . . . what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.
What goes around, comes around… and if you are not paying attention, it’s gonna hit you in the head!
Every choice has consequences, so choose wisely.
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh – Buddhist Monk, Author, Poet and Peace Activist