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What are we doing here?

posted Jan 21, 2010, 2:39 PM by Claramarie Burns   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 2:41 PM ]
January 11, 2010

Anyone familiar with this question?  Everyone?  OK.  There are as many answers to this question as there are askers, but here's one to play with:  we are being who and what we are.  What are we?  Depends on who you ask; I'm a human person, as are many of my friends (some of them are dog persons, cat persons, fish persons, and plant persons of various descriptions.  Not to forget rocks . . . ).  Speaking from the human end of things, I'm moving about, thinking, making, watching, laughing, and so on.  Sleeping & dreaming, desiring, acting.  We do a lot of things; we grow; we die eventually.  While we're up and about, we regularly get perplexed about the point of it all, especially when we feel less than wonderful.  Those of us who practice Yoga, and rely on meditation, asana, and breath to keep our balance, still encounter those challenging states of mind on a regular basis, and it can be hard to keep going when we do.  The most persuasive reply to my inner questioner lies in contemplating being.  When we manage to still the rush of thoughts and sensations enough to experience being, we discover that it is full of joy, and that practicing this awareness of being seems to propagate joy, a joy that is also a great simplifier.  It is its own explanation and its own reward, and also recognizable by its fruits: an expanded ability to be kind.  I like this answer best:  we are here to do kindness.