We often do things because we have to. And if we're lucky, we get to do things because we want to. At the end, it's all in the mind whether we have to or want to. The energy or intent that we bring to everything we do matters, both in the experience of it, and evidently, what comes back to us. Here's what yogi, mystic, and author, Sadhguru, has to say about it. You may want to read this several times. And then maybe pay attention to see how this rings true in your life.
Karma yoga has unfortunately been described as service, but it is not so. It is a way of undoing the impressions that you have gathered. If you can joyfully involve yourself in any activity, that is karma yoga. If you do it with great effort, only karma will come, no yoga will happen!
Generally it is through various activities that you perform that you get entangled and enmeshed with life. But if the activity becomes a process of liberation instead of entanglement, it is karma yoga. Whether it is work or walking on the street or talking to someone, the nature of the activity is not important. When you do something only because it is needed, where it does not mean anything to you but you are capable of involving yourself as if that is your life, it transforms you and action becomes liberating.
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House