Good Karma: A stroke of luck
In the autumn of 2001, while rollerblading at an uncontrollable speed, I smashed into a parked car. The last thing that I remember, seconds before the accident, was that this was it… But I recovered. I was unable to stand as a result of the trauma to my knee and fractured tibia. I needed help from others more than before in my life – therein was my first lesson. The second lesson I learned while laying in bed for days on end was that I needed to stop the unconscious rhythm of my life and face some of the saddest situations I had experienced. Healing arrived through months of support from friends and family, patience, and crutches. The first lesson took me a while to accept, but I recognized that everything runs on its own time.
Yoga arrived at the moment I needed it most
As soon as I could walk without crutches, I began looking for a way to restore my skeletal muscle mass in my right leg. I joined a gym while living in Washington D.C. where Susan Meyer was teaching yoga. A teacher originally from Minneapolis, she turned out to be one of the most inspiring people I have met. In my practice, I not only regained my strength, but I began to experience an energy and a feeling of joy that I had never felt before. My life was changing; I began walking down a new path, this was the beginning of a new adventure of Good Karma!
What is Good Karma?
I believe that Good Karma is not about avoiding challenging experiences in life, rather it is a mental and spiritual state that offers space to try to understand what is happening and make the best of every situation we encounter.
In life, everything that happens offers precious learning opportunities. The path of yoga helps one to see the lessons through the events that occur in our daily life. We are here in this world to be better persons and to relate fairly and lovingly with all that surrounds us. Yoga also helps me to realize the separation between mind and body and react less to the highs and lows of my moods. Now, after establishing a daily practice for many years, my life is more stable, I experience fewer miserable moments. I more frequently experience profound moments of fluidity and serenity. I realize that my happiness is not derived from outside experiences or superficial definitions or titles, rather it is inside of me and I am the only one responsible for saving my greatest treasure: my peace.
Do coincidences exist?
Frankly, I do not think so. If you’re reading this, it is because we share something in common. First, thank you, without you and your perception, I would not exist and secondly, because if we are here it is because we have the potential to grow together in this spectacular miracle we call LIFE. A strong and warm embrace.
“This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!”
― Swami Sivananda