Spirituality

8 simple laws of Karma that will change the way you think

Recently my daughter asked me what karma was. I explained that life was sort of like a box.

Every time you do something good, you put a good thing in the box and every time you do something bad, you put a bad thing in the box.

When you do something that is neutral and considered neither good nor bad, that goes in the box as well. It is karma's job to deal the things in the box back out to you.

So if there are more bad things in the box than good things, you're more likely to be dealt something bad, but the same goes for the good things.

This is a very simplistic overview of the concept of karma, and it works for a curious kid, but truthfully karma is actually a complex and detailed force that includes many determining criteria.

Below is an explanation of the 8 lesser known laws of karma that will change the way you act, think and live.

1. The law of humility.

The law of humility puts forth the idea that if you cannot acknowledge something, you cannot change it. We must learn to accept things as they are before we try to go about making them different.

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2. The law of creation.

This law is about creating your own life and reality. It states that life does not simply happen to us, but requires our participation. If you focus your energy on creating the life and the world you want to live in, it will be so.

3. The law of growth.

The law of growth tells us that the potential for true progress and change comes from within us, not external sources.

If we want to change, we must not look to the people and things and circumstances in our lives, but into our own hearts and minds.

4. The law of responsibility.

The law of responsibility states that if we feel a disturbance in our lives, like something is wrong or broken, we cannot lay the blame on anyone but ourselves.

Your own life is your own responsibility, never that of others, plain and simple.

5. The law of connection.

This law refers to the idea that everything in the universe is connected. There is no such thing as disconnection.

Every action, every person, every thing in the universe is connected to all the other things in some way. Even time, our past, present and future are all connected and cannot truly be separated from each other.

6. The law of giving.

The law of giving states that whatever you give in life is what you will get back. Lock your door and you'll find every door you ever try to open is locked as well.

Enclose your assets in the palm of your hand and you will never find an open hand outstretched to you.

7. The law of focus.

The law of focus states that we are only truly able to think of one thing at once. You cannot occupy your mind with more because you cannot divide your focus in this way.

Truthfully we can only think of one and a half things at once, because our attention cannot be doubled, only divided out in parts once you move past a single thought.

8. The law of presence.

The law of presence is perhaps the most poignant of all, calling for full mental, emotional and physical presence in the current moment.

We cannot dwell on the past and progress onward, and we cannot dwell on the future because it cannot possibly be known.

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5 Things That Only Old Souls Will Understand

For someone who is an "old soul", life can be a very different experience. You may be young but somehow you feel as though you've been walking the Earth for a hundred years.

You don't exactly fit in with people of your age group or generation. You don't care much or have an eye for trends or social norms, and you're often the last to keep up with modern pop culture.

You are not alone though. We may be few and far between, but there are numerous old souls out there who feel just like you do.

Here are 5 things that only old souls can really understand.

1. Civilization Vs. Nature

Being an old soul usually means a love of the natural world. You have a special connection with nature because all in all, Earth is unchanging and feels like the only reliable constant truth.

You are comfortable in and can understand the beauty of a forest, the crisp night sky full of stars, or the soothing sound of rolling ocean waves lapping at the beach.

These things make you feel safe and grounded, while the bustling cities, with bright lights and constant over stimulation feel tense and unnecessary.

You don't really get the point of having 3 Starbuck's within two blocks of your house or going out to a club where everything real and natural is drowned out by electronics.

You feel no affinity with the concrete jungle and you struggle to find any beauty or purpose there.

2. You see the big picture.

You are well aware of how temporary this human life is in the grand scheme of things.

You know you are a tiny speck in the face of a vast universe, a grain of sand in the endless shoreline, but this is neither sad nor bothersome to you.

Seeing and understanding the big picture, global or cosmic, doesn't mean you don't know how important even this impermanent short human life is.

You know that every tiny action can affect great things, every speck can change the picture. This is why you take great care to live your life in a way that aligns with your principles and beliefs.

You want whatever legacy you leave behind to be noble, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

3. Solitude is important to you.

You enjoy other people and their company, but being an old soul tends to make you feel like a bit of a misfit at times. You spend a lot of time in your own head, and social interaction can be exhausting for you after a while.

You need regular time to yourself to look inward and gather your thoughts, rest and recuperate your mind and recharge for the new day.

4. People in your age group are frustrating/tiring.

People who are old souls are more intuitive than others who are the same age. They tend to have a deeper understanding of mature concepts, and this causes a disconnect between them and their typical peers.

Social interaction with others your age might be frustrating, as you end up feeling the need to explain things that seem simple or straight forward to you, sometimes repeatedly. It can also be plain tiresome, being surrounded by what feels like children.

Don't despair though, you can always find your tribe, it just may take a little extra searching. You may not make many friends in your year at school, but you'll make them elsewhere.

5. You have an innate thirst for knowledge.

As an old soul you know that material things have no real value, money is meaningless and even people come and go, but there is one thing you value more than anything else.

That is knowledge. This is one thing that cannot be stolen or removed, it is timeless and ageless, in many ways just like you.

You have a need to learn as much as you can about anything and everything that peaks your curiosity. There is no subject that is off limits or too mundane, it all has value and importance for you.

This is a great thing and one of your best qualities. It's also one of the reasons that old souls excel in teaching positions.

You have so much to teach others as you are always learning yourself and are naturally inclined toward patience with an eager student.

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