‘Synapse: a junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter. Our brain cells communicate with one another via synaptic transmission controlling the body and brain functions.’
Neurons fire and wire together. This is how we learn: our brains that can change. This is why mindfulness of mind and of body are so important.
The word ‘karma’ is borrowed from Sanskrit to describe the result of actions – the imprint of actions.
We have to find our own weak points in this prison complex, in order to free ourselves from limitations. Meditation gives us insight and clarity to do this.
We may feel, “I don’t feel like it; I’m tired, fed up, disappointed. I just can’t be bothered”. In this way, we ignore and revert to type. This is the precise moment for discipline, to break the habitual pattern. We break the habit by forming a positive habit of spiritual practice – a disciplined routine. This formation of a positive habit applies to anything we do*. All that is required is to be aware. Whatever takes place – or doesn’t – awareness is always present. We know, but find expression difficult because our synapses are not practised in that discipline. It just takes practice. This is real dharma! To know our true nature by dissolving the fixed, karmic imprint.
Karma is just our ‘gesture’, the way we perform. We can recognise someone at a distance by their karmic signals, and they us. Our ultimate nature is an inscrutable enigma, the ultimate riddle, that unties all the knots.
This brings us to the question, “Were we born with a unique gesture?”
* as an example: I’m trying to learn to play the guitar, and I find that my little finger doesn’t want to take part…so I sometimes have trouble finding the right string. My little finger needs special attention: even though it’s painful, it’s showing signs of progress and is happier to work in unison with its neighbours! They now play a little better together 😀