What Is Karma Yoga?
Karma yoga is the yoga of ‘action’. It’s all about purifying your heart by learning to act selflessly in service of others. Through this we learn kindness and compassion without an expectation of gain. The idea is that learning these lessons helps us to step away from our ego, freeing us to move one step further on the path to enlightenment.
The path of Karma Yoga is more spiritual and every individual’s actions should be of love, awareness, and complete detachment. No action, either by thought, word, or deed should be selfish. These actions should be done purely as a form of service and one must not wait, or expect any reaction. In simple words do your dharma (duty) without any expectations and attachments to results.
Practice Karma yoga in your life
There are many ways to embrace karma yoga in your life. Whether it’s giving a neighbor a helping hand or traveling abroad to engage in global service, the opportunities are endless. Whatever you choose, making service a regular part of your life is key to practicing karma yoga. Making a weekly commitment to engage with a local charity, giving your time and talents to support their work. Another option is to make global service an annual tradition. Or both!
When it comes to karma yoga, the service must come from a selfless place. It is about giving to those in need, sharing love, and spreading light. Some ways to encourage this mindset are to practice keeping a mental mantra. Something that reminds you of the purpose of your service and keeps you grounded outside of the ego. Another good practice is to get to know the people you are serving. Rather than thinking of service in the abstract, get on the ground and communicate with those you serve.
Let yourself be humbled by their knowledge and experience. Forge meaningful connections and let yourself be touched by their lives and stories. In this way, karma yoga can become more than just a practice. It can become a way of life.
Benefits of Karma Yoga
- It helps to decrease your ego. When you practice Karma Yoga you do your duty without ego. You do what is supposed to be done, not what you would like to do.
- Your priorities become clear. You start to understand your roles and duties. You complete them without attachment, and without personal desire.
- Because you do your duties without ego and attachment, you balance your karma.