Thursday, October 09, 2008

Yom Kippur

Today is the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. It is the most important day of the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Atonement in English. It is a time to amend behavior and seek forgiveness. This is the last of the high holy days of the Jewish calender.

Even if you are not Jewish sometimes it is a good idea to sit back and do a little reflection on who you are and what you are doing. Sometimes it is a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions about the way you are living your life. Are you happy? Why not? What would make you happier? Are you a positive influence in the world and in the lives of others, especially those closest to you?

Even if you are not a 'green', are you doing what you can to minimize your impact on our planet? If not, then why not? Are you making conscious decisions everyday to align your life more sympathetically with the Earth and your environment?

Are you at peace with yourself? Do you like yourself? Could you do better? Are you living from the heart or from the head? There are hundreds of questions and none of us that answer them truthfully won't see room for improvement.

Take some time today to reflect on your life and the world around you. Take some time today to reflect on your place in the world and remember to keep in mind the Eightfold Path -- Correct View, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration.


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