Thursday, October 9, 2008

Reflection and introspection

Surfing isn't all about action.  For those who are
not surfers that might come  as a bit of a surprise.
As surfers we often check out the ocean from the shore
starring, watching, waiting, thinking.  Out in the lineup 
we really spend a fair amount of time quietly watching
and thoughts frequently wander beyond the next set.  
We've all sat in the ocean looking around, enjoying the
perspective from that vantage point.  We've all found
our thoughts wandering away from the waves.  Sometimes
those thoughts are meditative and reflective.

Today is Yom Kippur the holiest day in the Jewish year.
It is a day for introspection, and atonement, a chance
to mindfully look and account for our actions and thoughts.
The day also includes time to remember and honor those
who are no longer here.

As I walked the beach today checking the surf I had, what is
not an uncommon experience for a surfer.  I had a chance
to be quiet, to look around, to reflect and atone.  It's not all
about catching waves!

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