According to the teachings of Buddhism, we are responsible for our past and present actions. We create and are responsible for our own misery and our own happiness. If one believes in heaven and hell, we may create both.
Karma is a belief system that for every action there is a reaction. If we put out kindness, kindness will find us. If we tell lies, it won’t be long before someone lies about us. Karma bounces back when we least expect. It may not happen when we want it to, but it’s something we can’t avoid or stop.
I believe that if we attach our life to unsavoury people, when their Karma bounces back to teach them their lessons, so will ours by association. Whether we believe in its principles or not, it is part of how the universe works.
It is my own belief that when we use compassion, forgiveness and kindness in our lives, we set a more positive precedent to bring good back into our lives. Karma is powerful and is not something we should work against.
I believe that if we learned to embrace Karma, Karma would teach us to play out our lives very differently. It would allow us to own our thoughts and feelings so that we take responsibility for ourselves, for the way we choose to live our lives and so that we make better choices for ourselves and for our family.