Intentions & Consequences

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I discovered myself to be acting and reacting faster than my mindfulness could tell me what was going on. Let us slow down before we act. The root (creator) of karma is in the thought that occurs before our speech and action. I suggest us slowing down our action and reaction to happenings around us by:

1. Observing our Intentions of the deed we are about to do-are they pure or impure? More harmful or beneficial to all as a whole?

2. Picturing the Consequences of the deed we are about to do-are they more harmful or beneficial to all as a whole?

We do too many things in fixed mindless (unmindful) patterns. Although no big disaster might occur, we inevitably trap ourselves by our own forces of habit. For example, how many times have you simply and routinely ordered another cup of coffee in a “matter of factly” manner without realising that your intention was just to satisfy your craving for more coffee? And before you ordered that second coffee, did you think of the consequences of too much coffee? (Addiction, health problems, waste of time and money…) Pure or impure intention is the creator of pure or impure karma.

But it is also important to note the possible consequences of your intention no matter how pure you are sure your intentions are. That is where far-sighted wisdom comes in. You wouldn’t want to be a person of good intentions that end up messing more things than helping when lending a hand! That is what we call a “compassionate fool” (one with Compassion lacking Wisdom). Don’t be an “unkind wise guy” (one with Wisdom lacking Compassion) either! Be wise and compassionate at the same time!

True Wisdom is truly knowing how to think, speak and act with Compassion for all. True Compassion is truly knowing how to think, speak and act with Wisdom for all. Wisdom and Compassion, the two peaks of spiritual perfection, are the functioning of each other.

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