Karma Yoga Decoded – Part 2

If you like this article, check out the first episode of the Karma Yoga Podcast.

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

In this part, we’ll look at karma yoga from a biblical perspective. Because of this, I should make a disclaimer regarding the heavily religious nature of the things we’ll read here. In this article, we’ll read Bible verses that exemplify what religion could and should be.

I’m a little more comfortable with Buddhism, Hinduism (the religion that gave us karma yoga), and similar beliefs than Christianity or Catholicism. I think that the core of every religious teaching is to have empathy, help others, and be a good person; something Buddhism seems to encourage far more than Christianity. Despite this, the flaws of organized religion are obvious.

I could repeat them for the thousandth time, but you’ve heard it before. Religion has been responsible for war, hatred, and general nastiness throughout history. It’s not any better today. Continue reading

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Introducing the Karma Yoga Podcast

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

I’m excited to share something I’ve been working on for a while: the first episode of The Karma Yoga Podcast. This will be a scripted show in which I’ll discuss various topics including spirituality.

In this first episode, I share some interesting facts about cannabis and hemp. We also look at the life story of the man who created Buddhism. This is my first podcast, and admittedly, it’s a little cringey. It will get better!

You can listen to it at Anchor.fm.

If you like this episode, check out KarmaYogaDaily.com for articles related to everything discussed here. Also, check out Karma Yoga Daily and Aware Culture on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @Wes_Annac and @love_rebellion. Continue reading

Karma Yoga Daily Is Circling the Drain: We Need Your Help

Karma Yoga Daily Is Circling the Drain: We Need Your Help

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

When I created Karma Yoga Daily, I had a vision for what the blog would be. I wanted it to be a haven for anyone who’s interested in spirituality, activism, alternative news, and protecting the environment, among other things. I wanted to have a dialogue with those of you who share these interests.

For me, the new blog represented a rebirth. I’d lost the inspiration to write after some things happened in my life that sent me crashing down to Earth from the clouds my head comfortably rested in. I became a little more pessimistic, especially regarding spirituality, but maintained my belief that love is the truth at the heart of all spiritual philosophy. I still believe it is; otherwise I wouldn’t still be writing.

More than once, I’ve come close to giving this up and getting a regular job. Sometimes the stress – mainly financial stress – doesn’t seem worth the freedoms you get when you work for yourself. Sometimes I wonder if I’d be happier exchanging these freedoms for the financial security I might get from a less meaningful job.

Every time I come so close to giving up, something pulls me back in. On one occasion, that “something” was karma yoga: a lifestyle centered on serving others. The idea that I could pursue writing as a purpose and a service kept me from shutting it all down.

It reminded me that plenty of people are living their purpose, helping others, and making enough of a living to survive. I then realized that I shouldn’t do this work for selfish purposes, but I should be able to survive while I do it. The only way I can pay the bills with writing, podcasting, or running a blog is to work so incredibly hard that things can’t help but fall in line.

In the couple months since Openhearted Rebel became Karma Yoga Daily, I’ve worked more than ever. I continue to believe that if you work hard with an unselfish spirit, it’ll enable you to at least survive comfortably.

Obviously, karma yoga is not meant to make you rich or famous. I don’t expect to make millions from writing articles, eBooks, or doing podcasts. I just need to survive.

In terms of wanting to give up, I hit one of my lowest points shortly before I created Karma Yoga Daily. I was all but ready to give up but thankfully found the inspiration to keep going. Recently, I hit what might be my lowest point. I’m not throwing in the towel, but if I’m being honest, things are harder than ever.

At the time of writing this, a lot of things are piling on – bills, a lack of transportation, expensive home repairs, less income – and I need to step back and think about it all. As someone who has a family to support, I need to question if I’m doing the right thing. It’s a depressing question but one I must ask.

I’d rather create content without asking for anything in return, but I’ve been forced to ask readers for help more and more lately. I know that this is a give-and-take, and I can’t spend so much time working toward something if I’m doing it for free. But I deeply despise asking for financial help. To me, it contradicts karma yoga (selfless service) and negates everything I’m doing.

Now, with bills/expenses piling up and no end in sight, I can’t be ashamed to need help. As much as I believe in karma yoga and will continue to, I can’t work for free. I wish the world operated differently and I could write without charging a dime or asking for help at all. Some days I feel like I can, but reality is showing me that it doesn’t work this way.

I have no sponsors, and the ads on the blog generate chump-change at best. I don’t have an incredible social media following, as sites like Facebook are making it harder to reach people if you’re lucky enough that they don’t delete your page.

What little income I have comes directly from the couple hundred people or less who read my articles. I say this not to be negative, but because it’s the truth: if the blog is going to continue, we need your support. Financially, we’re circling the drain. We need help from our readers.

I could repeat that I’m working harder and making more content, and despite the lack of results from that work so far, I can promise you it’s true. I’ve never been so far out of my comfort zone in terms of working more and approaching this work in difficult yet creative ways. I’m excited to share the results if/when possible.

If I put out this and other appeals for financial assistance with no response, I’ll take it as a sign that it’s not meant to be. I won’t shut down the blog, but I certainly won’t be around as often if I’m back in the rat race. I can say that we’ll need support sooner rather than later or we’ll be without internet, making it impossible to post or be around at all.

Despite these very real threats looming, I’m hopeful about the future. I feel inspired again, and for me, that’s a big deal. I want to work harder, create more, and give you incentive to support us over these rough next few months. If that support doesn’t materialize, then I’ll have no other option.

If you can’t help financially, we could use some good vibes right now. I’m a believer in the power of positive energy, and if our spiritual/lightworker friends can send some our way, we’d love you for it.

I don’t want to draw a line in the sand; I want to keep writing and sharing informative content. If you believe in the future of Karma Yoga Daily and you can support us, it would help ensure the blog doesn’t fade away.

I’ll keep writing for now, and the universe will decide if I sink or swim. It’s out of my hands.

How you can help:

There are a few ways you can support us. One is by subscribing to the Weekly Awareness Guide for $11.11 a month. The guide isn’t much in terms of content; just a few extra articles exclusively available to subscribers and compiled into a neat, readable format (sent via email). The purpose of the subscription is to support the blog, with the extra articles being a perk.

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Another way you can support us is by checking out my first and (so far) only eBook: Enlightened Afterlife. I wrote it because I was fascinated with the religion known as Spiritualism and wanted to explore its history and philosophy with an open mind. I figured my friends in the spiritual community would be interested as well. Kindle owners can purchase the book here. Or, you can purchase the PDF version with the button below and receive it via email.

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Lastly, you can support us by donating via PayPal to wesremal@yahoo.com. Short of subscribing to the guide, this is the best and most direct way you can help.

Most importantly, thank you to everyone who’s supported us through the years. We’re able to continue through your support alone, and we most certainly would not have come this far without it. By helping us, you are ensuring Karma Yoga Daily has a long, productive future.

Much love,

Wes Annac & family

Karma Yoga Decoded – Part 1

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

Described in the Bhagavad Gita, karma yoga is a spiritual path centered on helping others as a form of meditation and a way to achieve enlightenment. Students of this path live a life of service, which balances their karma and gives them a purpose to pursue.

It might sound simple, but it’s a tough path meant only for those who can put their heart and soul into it. Meditation is easy once you get the hang of it; going out of your way to help people is not so easy.

Could you imagine the impact of millions of people doing something that even slightly resembles karma yoga? What do you think would happen if for one day, we stopped hating each other and tried to help each other thrive?

In my opinion, this is what we need. Not war, hatred, or political, racial, or religious division. We need love and selfless service on a global scale. Continue reading

Afternoon Blog: Preaching and Criticizing

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

You might notice that outside of my articles, I don’t preach about spirituality or my personal beliefs these days. I’ll share them if someone asks me to, but otherwise, I don’t push them or criticize what other people believe even if it sounds crazy to me.

When I spend time with family or friends, I refrain from talking about my beliefs or preaching some spiritual philosophy. You can read my writings if you want to know my thoughts on spirituality and other “out-there” stuff. I see no need to bring it up unprovoked.

The main reason for this is that I don’t want to be that guy who’s always preaching or hating on others’ beliefs as if I have all the answers. None of us have any clue how the universe works. Religious people, spiritual people, and atheists are all clueless.

Science has the advantage of driving innovation and finding answers to many of life’s mysteries through the pursuit of facts. I wouldn’t be writing on this computer or posting to this website without science.

Spirituality (if used for good) has the advantage of giving us the tools to overcome personal demons, create a more fulfilling life, and be a more positive force in the world. Continue reading

Request for Support: Help Keep Karma Yoga Daily Running

Hey everyone! The time has again come when we must request your support to help keep the blog running. I try not to make this appeal too often because I’d rather focus on creating things than asking for support. In that vein, I’ve been working on bringing more content to the blog in the form of researched articles, as well as a possible new eBook and a podcast I’ve been quietly putting together that I’ll share soon.

On a personal level, I’ve been working harder than ever to make all of this happen. I sincerely believe the Karma Yoga Daily blog can become much bigger than it currently is, and I can subsequently give a lot more. But writing and running a blog full-time comes with its share of financial hardship. Sometimes we hit a wall and are forced to ask if our readers can help.

In this case, one of our biggest expenses besides bills is a roof in need of replacement. If you’ve ever been in the same position, you’ll know that it’s not cheap. Although we would not expect solely for our readers to help us out of such a predicament, anything you can give will help ensure the future of the blog.

If you enjoy the blog and want to see more from us, there are a few ways you can support us. One is by subscribing to the Weekly Awareness Guide for $11.11 a month. The guide isn’t much in terms of content; just a few extra articles exclusively available to subscribers and compiled into a neat, readable format (sent via email). The purpose of the subscription is to support the blog, with the extra articles being a perk.

Another way you can support us is by checking out my first and (so far) only eBook: Enlightened Afterlife. I wrote it because I was fascinated with the religion known as Spiritualism and wanted to explore its history and philosophy with an open mind. I figured my friends in the spiritual community would be interested as well. Kindle owners can purchase the book here. Or, you can purchase it here and receive it via email.

Lastly, you can support us by donating via PayPal to wesremal@yahoo.com. Short of subscribing to the guide, this is the best and most direct way you can help.

Most importantly, thank you to everyone who’s supported us through the years. We’re able to continue through your support alone, and we most certainly would not have come this far without it. By helping us, you are ensuring Karma Yoga Daily has a long, productive future.

Thanks, and much love.

Wes Annac & family =)

Pesticides in Cannabis: 5 Facts

4222602559_e9fca84478_zBy Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

Pesticide contamination in cannabis is a big problem. Careless growing methods have been the norm for decades due to marijuana’s illegality, and sadly, this is just as much of a problem in legal states as it’s always been. High-profile cannabis users are speaking out against the widespread use of pesticides to grow the plant, and laboratory studies on samples from legal states have produced unsettling results.

This is an unfortunate and unacceptable symptom of marijuana’s decades-long criminalization. Had it been legal for the past century, this would have likely stopped being a problem a long time ago. Although its legalization in various U.S. states is a sign of much-needed change, there are growers who still aren’t subject to any federal regulation because the plant is still federally illegal. It’s like the wild west in terms of what chemicals can and can’t be used to grow weed commercially.

This article scratches the surface of a problem that’s worse than we all thought. With that said, here are five facts about pesticide contamination in cannabis. Continue reading