The purpose of this meditation is to strengthen our wish to behave in virtuous ways.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about whether or not I believe in karma. If I believe that my experiences come from my actions then I believe in karma. If I believe that my experiences come from my hard work then I don’t.

It is tempting to believe that the happiness we experience when we have worked hard for an objective, and the finally achieve our goal, is the result of our hard work. And yet many people work very hard on projects only for them to come to nothing. If hard work was the cause of worldly success, many more people would be successful. No – it is more complicated.

I thought about it and came to the conclusion that virtuous actions are definitely the cause of my pleasant experiences, and negative actions are definitely the cause of my bad experiences.

Given this, I made a determination to accept whatever circumstances arise because they are beyond my control. They are my karma taking form, and if this person does not deliver my negative karma, the next one certainly will. It is not their choice – it is my karma.

I also made the determination that I will only create positive actions, because I only want to experience positive events in the future.

I settled on this wish and it became strong. I definitely want to engage in positive actions. The meaning of this is that I have control over my future experiences, and I can create the conditions for my completion of the path to liberation and enlightenment. How meaningful.

Dedication

May all living beings accept karma as the truth.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will accept my circumstances and I will react positively.