Why did you choose to add the Foresight and Cause-Effect charms to your collection?
Well, first of all, I would like to say mention that I personally think that these 2 charms are probably the most important charms of all. They reign over everything else. It is so easy to forget that everything is intimately connected and has a dynamic role in the outcome of a every situation. So many things come into play to create a given outcome whether the result, or the effect, is positive, neutral, or negative. You are your own creator of so many situations you find yourself in. Your thoughts, words and actions, have played a major roll in them, in some way, shape, or form. That's powerful if you really think about it. Developing the habit of foresight and cultivating a keen awareness of what cause-effect ripples you set in motion can surely make a significant difference in your life experience. Be sure to weigh your words, thoughts, and actions carefully. They have effects.
Here at the office we have the famous Mahatma Gandhi quote on the wall that we all read often: "Carefully, watch your thoughts, for they become you words. Be mindful of your words, for they become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they become your habits. Observe and acknowledge your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your value, for they become your destiny". It's a great daily reminder.
It seems like common sense but I can see how easy it can be to fail at keeping this notion in the forefront of your mind on a daily basis. It takes constant effort. How should people go about improving and strengthening this skill?
Like anything else its takes practice. Make it a habit. Think of it as a muscle. You need to strengthen it through training and practice. You can even think of it as three different muscles to train: Thought muscle, speech muscle, and action muscle. People should train themselves to be aware or mindful of their thoughts, speech, and actions as much as they possibly can.
Think about it for a moment. Now that I am bringing your attention to it, have you been consciously aware of what you have already set in motion for the day? Take a moment and trace back your thoughts, decisions, and actions today. Where have they taken you thus far? What did you set in motion yesterday, last week, or last month? If it was something that didn't work out so well, wouldn't it be nice if it was possible to go back and weigh your words or actions more thoroughly and change what you said or how you acted if that's the case? Did you lack foresight in your decisions? Did you say or do something that you now regret? It becomes very interesting when you realize that if you start practicing foresight and developing the habit of thinking ahead about what causes and effects you set in motion, you can make significant improvement on many fronts in your life.
That's really fascinating to think about. It makes a lot of sense. I know we can't always control everything. Some things are outside of our control. But I can see how much of what we experience is of our own making.
Remember that you reap what you sow. The seeds you sow will indeed bear their fruit sooner or later. So pay close attention to what types of seeds you sow whether they are, for lack of better words, "thought" seeds, word "seeds" or "action" seeds. Keep in mind that unless you live isolated in a cave somewhere, you are constantly communicating information to others whether you are aware of it or not. Sometimes I use the analogy of a small sack of seeds that a person carries on his or her hip as they move across a field. Unbeknownst to the person carrying the sack of seeds are a few small holes through which some of the seeds slip through. The person is not consciously aware of those seeds falling to the ground. Nonetheless, those seeds too will bear fruit, and may have an effect on the person's experience, in a direct or indirect way. Then you have the seeds that you consciously sow. You are (hopefully) mindful of where you are tossing them. However, it is still possible that some of the seeds that you consciously sow bear fruit that might not be the sweetest tasting. They may even be bitter. In many cases, that's out of your control. There were other factors that may have come into play that you had no control over. Perhaps the sun didn't shine as much on those seeds or too much rain damaged them in some way. However, had you known this possibility, then perhaps you would have sown those seeds elsewhere.
This analogy is just a simple way to try to convey the idea of learning to train yourself to be as mindful as possible of your thoughts, words, and actions. Take control of your experience as best as you can. Strive to be the best mindful version of you as you can.
So now I understand the reason behind the Foresight and Cause-Effect charms. It can certainly help keep this notion awake and alive in your mind.
Exactly. The bracelets and charms serve as a constant visual trigger to remind people to stay mindful of their thoughts, speech, and actions. It's a beautiful, durable bracelet that not only looks great on but also has meaning and purpose.