Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cause and Effect

Yesterday i spent half the day outdoors--hauling bark mulch in a wheelbarrow, hauling brush to a brush pile, laying big roundish river rocks along the edges of a path.

Today my body aches, my lower back is tired, and i move stiffly.

Cause and effect. More exercise than i am used to leads to an aching body.

Cause and effect is also at work in our minds. Negative thoughts give rise to more negative thoughts. Kindness gives rise to kindness. Plant a radish, get a radish, not a Brussels sprout.

Karma is another word for this chain of cause-and-effect. Our actions--physical, mental, or verbal--lay down the patterns for our future. As the neuroscientists say, neurons that fire together, wire together.

What would you like to harvest? Craving, irritation, or kindness?

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