Self-Harm and Karma: My Religion of Choice

February 1, 2014 Jennifer Aline Graham

I’m not a religious person and I’m not the kind of person to argue about religion. Believe what you want to believe – easy as that. I’ve never understood why people feel the need to push their beliefs onto other people. Don’t make people change if they’re not willing to or are interested in changing.

Self-harm is similar, if looked at in that light.

Change can really only happen when you believe in yourself enough to make that change occur. It is you who takes that initial step forward in a positive direction. Of course, there may be people behind you as support, but it’s up to you to make the first move. Karma can be helpful for those who are going through self-harm struggles.

Karma - Treat Yourself the Way You Want Others to Treat You

I’ve always been a huge believer in karma. It’s one thing that has always just stuck with me. Simply put, karma is “What goes around comes around.” If you do something bad, something equally as bad may happen to you. Or if you do something good, something even better may come your way.

Karma can also play a role in self-harm. Perhaps if you go a day without cutting or burning, something great may happen in return. If you decide to throw away your razors and sharp objects, maybe positive energy will be brought your way. Just by changing the way you think about things, new perspectives can be brought forward.

However, you do not want to get paranoid about karma. I tend to become paranoid about a lot of things. Sometimes, little things get to me and I connect them to karma even though they shouldn’t be. If I forget to walk my dog or I take too long of a nap, I sometimes get nervous that something bad may happen. I know that little things like that shouldn’t be seen in that light, but it’s hard to stop thinking that way when it’s engrained in your brain.

We all know that to be true.

Self-Harm and To Karma or Not to Karma

Some people don’t believe in karma and, hey, that’s okay. We all have the freedom to believe in what we want, but one thing is for sure – you have to believe in yourself before you believe in anything else. You are the one who makes the choices in your life, no one else.

Once you make the choice to stop self-harming, you may see brighter days and better tomorrows. You may feel a positive energy you have never felt before and that could lead to positive thoughts and actions.

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Author: Jennifer Aline Graham

February, 5 2014 at 9:50 am

Oh if it were all that easy. I think you are putting a very simplistic attitude on a very difficult problem. Seems it is a "just stop" mentality. Do you think for one minute people actually WANT to have this self harm issue? Wanting it over, wishing it away, does not help nor does hearing people say just choose not to do it or Karma will haunt you one way or the other...Please people if you take anything from this article take the part that says, believe in yourself. But it is not simple just stop problem. Believe in yourself and get help from a professional trained in self-destructive behaviors.

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