Karma is a word that is often used in the context of good or bad. This is an oversimplification of a very complex concept. The basis of karma may sound easy to grasp: It is “the idea that the soul comes to the current body from another living thing that has passed away,” explains Sonima meditation advisor and Vedic astrologist Sanjeev Verma. But there’s more to it than that. It’s a combination of your destiny, the accumulation of your soul’s past lives, and how you live on an everyday basis.

“What many people don’t realize is how their karma affects their ability to reach their goals, whether they’re resolving to get healthier, make more time for family, or accomplish a major professional milestone,” he writes in the related article below. Use this guided meditation Verma created for Sonima to cleanse your karma so that you can continue to make your best efforts toward whatever goals you want to accomplish.

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