You have heard of karma, and you have heard of yoga. But have you heard of karma yoga before?
Karma yoga, which is one of the four paths of yoga, is the yoga of action. This means that it is all about purifying your heart by learning to be selfless in the service of others. Through karma yoga, we learn kindness and compassion without an expectation of gain.
There are four benefits to karma yoga: helps assimilate self-knowledge, neutralized binding vasanas, removes anxiety, reduce tamasic karmas. However, in today’s society, everything is built on results and outcomes, which makes it challenging to let go and act with no expectation of results of any kind. It may be difficult to practice karma yoga in your life but here are some ways to embrace karma yoga in your life by starting small.
- Start with yourself: Be kind to ourselves and taking care of ourselves is not selfish but rather important. If you can’t take care of yourself, you will be be healthy or peaceful enough to help other
- Be genuine: Be authentic. Yes, I know it is easier said than done. By living our true self and not faking according to society standards, we are raising the bar of the collective world consciousness.
- Practice compassion: On every other day, we come across people who are rude for no reasons or just constantly triggered by everything. Rather than engaging in a fight with them, try to practice some compassion by not reacting or intentionally fuelling their frustration. A smile can make a huge difference so show them your biggest smile instead!
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi