Karma needs a point of inception. Poignant points in our lives, traumas, and pain create riffs in our energetic field. The impression left from experience is a Samskara.
In philosophy, Samskaras are impression that have been left by experience which can hinder our perspective on truth. We have memories, yet Samskaras are the residual imprint which create karmic implications, false expectations, addictions, behavioral traits, and much more.
Samskaras stir the chitta and vrittis, the fluctuations of the mind which distract us from being presence. Samskaras can prohibit us from finding our joy and happiness.
Samskaras are the starting points of addiction and habitual behaviors. They are tricks of the mind which cause pain and suffering…and they are all unique to each of us.