“Karma” is what we do every day - it's really another word for “action.” An action (I drink a cup of coffee), creates a memory (I liked that cup of coffee), which creates a desire (I want another cup of coffee) which creates an action and starts the cycle all over again!

To break out of our karma is like breaking out of our habits. We just need to do something DIFFERENT! But most of us are so conditioned that we don't even see that there is anything different to do. We need to open ourselves up to the infinite possibilities that are out there for ourselves!

The first way to do that is by recognizing that we have a CHOICE. Before automatically reaching for that cup of coffee, look at your options. Seek out your options. Research if you need to see more options - you'll be surprised! A myriad of teas, herbal teas, de-caf, lattes, capuccino, mocha, coffee substitues, roasted barley, etc.

Than, choose differently, and keep choosing differently! Shake it up, go wild!

Pay someone a compliment: By doing this you are raising the energy around you. You are focusing on the positive, and that is uplifting to both you and the person receiving the compliment. You are making a conscious choice here, and choosing to do something nice is good karma.

Do an anonymous good deed: This is like contributing to your karmic bank account. Don't do it for what you expect to get back, just do it because you'll feel good knowing that you did it! At some point you'll be surprised when nice little things start happening to you, too.

Change your routine: Shake things up a bit. Keep yourself on your toes! Too often we sleep-walk through our day, falling back on old habits. Just by a slight change, like parking somewhere else, we may notice something different which gives us a new idea which can lead to infinite possibilities!

Have a good laugh: Laughter is better than medicine - it makes you feel good without any side-effects! Life is filled with joy - have you had some today? When you feel good about life, you're more likely to make choices that are good for you and your karma.

Use your creativity (bake a cake): We all need to express ourselves. When we make something, it is a reflection of ourselves, our feelings. When we make something we can share with others, we are sharing ourselves with others, and that is very good karma indeed!

Show respect to yourself and others: Recognize your own worthiness. We are each here for a purpose. We deserve to be treated with respect and reverence. Why are we so hard on ourselves and each other? We're each doing the best we can. We're here to learn and grow, and sometimes we do that by making mistakes - and that's okay!

Pay attention to what you're doing: There is a familiar phrase: “The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift, that's why it's called “the present.” The way to have present moment awareness, to be in the NOW, is to pay attention to what you're doing. Whether it is writing a report for work, reading to your child, or washing the dishes, give the task your complete attention. It's amazing how everything falls into place when we live moment to moment like this instead of analyzing what's already happened or worrying about what's going to happen. Good karma comes to us effortlessly!

Communicate to connect with people: We're all in this together. There is so much that we can contribute to one another, but how do we know what that is if we don't even talk? There are no coincidences in this life! The people we meet, work with, are related to, are all there to help us on our journey - and we need to be there for them, too. Communicate and watch good karma take place right before your eyes!

Lissa Coffey is the author of "What's Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love"
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Lissa Coffey is the author of "What's Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love." Take the free quiz to determine your dosha at: www.whatsyourdosha.com