Posted by: eveyoga | September 1, 2011

Self-reflection

There are some coastlines and beaches in the world that would give Australian seaside paradises a run for their money, and this spot that I’m looking out at as I write to you would be one. For sure.

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Up until yesterday I’d never really heard of and definitely not seen the Central Coast of Oregon (USA). Let alone this little community called Yachats, clinging to the sea cliffs like the oysters we pulled off rocks on Nanaimo’s foreshore In Canada last week.

This is a good place – a meditative place – to reflect on a question that’s come up for me many times over the weeks that I’ve bee traveling in the USA and Canada: how is it that I am able to have this wonderful holiday that encompasses great food, accommodation, Nature, camaraderie, and much more when so many people round the globe are doing it hard.

Why do some lives end up war-ravaged, famine stricken, laid low by physical or mental pain, or afflicted by terminal disease, and I have a life (for the time being) which seems immune to those things? Have I earned a good life? Is it my karma? Is it an accident of birth? And, what is my obligation to others who are not happy, healthy or well-off.

Is it enough that I work to evolve myself and that I work in a profession that contributes to others?
Maybe not if I am posing these questions.

I don’t feel guilty to have the life I have and I certainly am alive to appreciating it most of time, but here I am this morning being pensive.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Responses

  1. Yes Eve, what you say does seem so random in terms of where we end up, each of us the result of the decisions we make. Someone once said that to me a year or so ago and it stuck in my head. Really, I don’t think I can presume to have as much control over destiny as this statement implies. Control is just an illusion, as any of us know when life brings less palatable things to ours respective doors. Just to be grateful for what good is always in the present moment we have – THAT is the truth of it I also think.

  2. Yes Eve, what you say does seem so random in terms of where we end up, each of us the result of the decisions we make. Someone once said that to me a year or so ago and it stuck in my head. Really, I don’t think I can presume to have as much control over destiny as this statement implies. Control is just an illusion, as any of us know when life brings less palatable things to ours respective doors. Just to be grateful for what good is always in the present moment we have – THAT is the truth of it I also think.

  3. It is your Kama, you have created merit from past lives and the current life to be so blessed with the life you have. You give so much to otheres and you don’t take it for granted. Your compassion for otheres is contributing to the collective positive kama.


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