Samsara

Samsara means to ‘flow together’ and refers to the continuous cycle of reincarnation to which all human being belong. The quality of one’s next body and life is based on one’s karma in this one. For example, if one builds a hospital in this birth, one will enjoy good health in the next.

If you give any credence to this philosophy, then you will quickly realise that karma is not just important between births, it is also a vital component of your day to day living. You might have noticed in your own life that if you are rude to your neighbours they will not be so likely to lend you their mower when your grass gets too long. This and countless other examples give us an indication that it’s rather advantageous to be nice to people.

And, of course, your writing is not exempt from this principle. If you write rubbish and put it out in the world, then what are you going to get back? Yep – rubbish. If on the other hand, you write clear, loving material that will help people to get through life with the minimum of stress and strain then something of that will come back to you in your life.

Here are a few tips on how to be kind in your writing practices:

  • Prepare. Before you start writing, just sit for a moment and ask yourself what you want to achieve by your writing. Ask yourself if you want to heal or hurt your readers. Remember that according to the principles of karma – what you give is what you’ll get and then proceed on that basis.
  • Clear. Once you have decided to write something helpful, try an exercise designed to clear your mind of the usual ‘audio ads, popups, or other annoyances’ that bug the web page of your mind from second to second. Prayers, mantras, visualisations, meditations are all good techniques to clear your mind of dross.
  • Focus. Bring an idea of what you want to write about to your mind. Different people’s minds work in different ways – some might try to picture a visual, coloured scene in their mind’s eye, others may want to replay words that describe the scene. Still others may want to bring the smells, tastes and touch of their subject to mind and some may want to work with the emotions that their scene evokes. Whatever method you use is fine – just flow with it.
  • Write. As you write, keep the focus on bringing benefit to your readers. Try to keep asking, in a corner of your mind: ‘how would I feel if you were reading this?’ Alternatively, keep checking how you yourself feel as a result of writing. If you feel any tension rising in your body, chances are that this tension is flowing into your words (or from your words into your body, which is in itself an example of karma). Feel free to change direction if you are experiencing such things.
The key thing is to try to remember to be nice to as many people as you can, in as many ways possible and as often as you possibly can. Notice how you feel after a particularly kind interaction with the world and then let your feelings guide you into your next kind act. Notice how good it feels to be good.
What are you going to do today to make yourself feel wonderful?
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109 thoughts on “Samsara

  1. I feel great after reading this! Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge with us. What you wrote about writing is completely true, and I’ve seen it happen too! You not only get rubbish back but people don’t even appreciate your work – Michelle

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  2. Nice post Robert with lots of good, positive vibes running through it. Which is what I try and aim for with my writing as well. As for today, the sun was shining and I had a lovely day playing tourist in my own backyard. Hope you have a lovely Monday. 🙂

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  3. Damn…that’s me back as an earthworm about to be eaten by a disgruntled robin as a cat sneaks up unaware that a rabid dog is about to drop in….

    Nice thoughts Robert….very ponderous for a bank holiday Monday….lot to be said for spreading kindness and just being nice….it’s free too….which makes it even more attractive a prospect 🤔

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      • It sounds to me like you already get enough advice on what to do and how to do it and so anything I tell you in that direction would be kind of surplus to requirement? I do think that you’re doing fine, but that isn’t to say I advocate you carrying on (or stopping).
        Where are you living at the moment? I’m in York – England.
        KR – Robert.

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      • Giggles. I have just recently found author’s blogs and their tips are so insightful. I don’t get alot of advise about writing. I have had some helpful comments about how including detail is more readable. I find it difficult because I write about so many things. My main readers are in a community where they understand certain terms I use such as little logic, stuffie, and D/s relationship. I want to write more about other things too….thank you for your comment. I am in USA.

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      • Yeah, there are some very useful blogs out there. In fact, I was thinking about a publishing project around that fact. I’ll let you know when I get the details worked out. 🙂
        If you like, I can give you specific feedback on your posts about writing technique and readability – just let me know if you’re interested. 🙂
        I would imagine that in the community you refer to, as much detail as you are willing to share would be preferable. Having said that, I’m only extrapolating from my very limited knowledge.
        The terms you shared there are interesting. I have never heard of little logic before and most of the internet searches I made seem to be unrelated. I found a very interesting philosophy book called ‘The Little Logic Book’ (http://people.nnu.edu/ktimpe/teaching/Logic/readings/ethics.pdf) but this does not seem to match your use. I was totally afraid to look up ‘stuffie’. 🙂 And I think I could hazard a guess at ‘D/s’ (I totally love the way the case of the letters are symbolic of the relationship – that’s a beautiful touch!)
        I am guessing, from the way that you say ‘I am in USA’ rather than the more usual ‘I am in the USA’ or ‘I’m in the US’ that English is not the language you usually use. Not passing judgement – just saying. 🙂 It makes the things that you say more interesting somehow – I love any kind of different perspective to my own. In fact – the most interesting literature, for me, is about how someone from one culture interacts with people in a different culture and how they triumph in that respect. That my wife is from Trinidad and Tobago should give you some measure of how respectful and embracing of difference I am.
        I would love to talk to you further about the other things you want to write about and I hope that my enthusiasm for this shows.
        Kind regards – Robert.

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      • OMG I love this little logic book. I must read this. There are some great examples of little logic http://southernsirsplace.com/little-logic/
        https://sirslittledarling.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/big-caper-little-detective-all-in-a-ddlg-day/
        https://wildwestangel.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/popcorn-is-bread/
        all different…i can see this needs to be a post in itself. THAT is a great idea to do a project on blogs that help writers. Yay. Yes, i like feedback. Many of my posts have a different perspective and you might even see my writing style change completely from one post to the next. Grammer too. Some are more adult like. Littles have their own culture just as D/s lifestyle does. I imagine writers too. What an interesting and insightful analogy using culture as an example of difference in perspective. Anytime you would like to guest blog about that topic or any other- double yays. I would like to do an interview or something with you because you did not know this culture of littles and such before you happened upon it. You are triumphing in the interaction and i admire open mindedness. Granted you did get here via wilbear -my teddybear’s photography blog but that might not have been obvious. He IS a stuffie. brb

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      • On reflection this is probably more of a little ‘logic book’ rather than a ‘little logic’ book. But still – if you like philosophy then it looks quite interesting.
        I’ll check out your links later. Not everyone is as open minded as I am, I guess.
        Tell me which is your husband’s blog? I tend to skip between blogs quite rapidly, and so I might have read and commented and still not remember which specific blog you mean. Sorry and all that. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. I can find value in pretty much anything I look at – we all have ‘good’ bits and ‘bad’ bits – you just have to look at the right parts of people to be able to enjoy life.
        I would love to guest blog or be interviewed – whichever is best for you.
        I’m not sure what a ‘brb’ is either. 🙂 I probably seem really lame, but my heart is okay.
        Point me at something specific, tell me what kind of feedback you want (or leave it open) and I’ll be happy to share what I can.
        Hope you’re having a great Friday and that you have something good to look forward to over the weekend. I think I have been booked for cleaning the garage out – deep joy!
        Kind regards – Robert.

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    • Thanks Nandita (or is it Radhika?) 🙂
      Karma is the foundation of everything really. Oh, and maybe dharna. And perhaps dharma. And the odd spot of seva doesn’t go amiss. Oh, and not forgetting yoga.
      But karma is up there – yes? 😀

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  4. Karma is the main thing that makes a beggar a rich man and the vice Vera.So we have to count our Karma before it fetch the result.Even though what we think of others and our self are the part of karma so it people needs to be aware of it .only few people knows that the thinking is also part of karma…Om Shanti

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  5. Wow! I love the way you bring in great Indian philosophies and link them to writing. What a beautiful way of analogizing! What goes around, always comes around, be it this birth or next birth or this day or the next day. Thank you for reminding all of us to be good and do good. Great thoughts again! 🙂

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  6. Yet another great one from you, you are like a treasure trove!! I am a believer in Karma too, “what goes around comes around” that’s exactly what I teach my kids!!!

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    • Hey Chitra, it’s so nice to hear you say that. I don’t have kids and so it’s a little difficult for me to do that. Perhaps this is part of why I write this blog. I need someone to share all the things I have stuffed up in my head with. How do you feel about that?

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      • I am glad that you are sharing your knowledge with all of us. Like I have said, you are like a treasure trove! Its amazing how you stir our minds and bring out your ideas lightly with humor! You are gifted with the art of writing and am so happy you are sharing it with us!

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      • Again I am smiling, because I’m just thinking of you with a pocket full of mice. Does that sound strange? Well, it’s just the way that you say ‘sharing it with us’ makes me think of you and those with you (the mice). Sorry, I am teasing you. I hope that you don’t mind too much – it is all in good fun. 🙂
        But, in all seriousness – I like what you are saying, Chitra. It leads me to think that writing is a worthwhile thing to do.
        All kindness – Robert.

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  7. Well, I am in a lighter mood this morning!! So I let you go 😉 I said us, as I do share some of your articles with my kids. I say this to them and to you, writing is also an art, as with any art never let it go! Just do write more! 🙂

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  8. What a lovely post, Robert. It made me smile. 😊 Yes, this is another random past post of the day that I’m reading, and I scrolled through thousands of comments to get to the place where I could enter a comment. 😊
    Hope you didn’t mind the ‘head shot’ I sent today. I’m putting a lid on it as of now (the ‘it’ does not refer to my head 😉).

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