In my case, at least.
What I posted yesterday bothered me all evening, and as I was watching tsunami footage with a friend, I realized that I do feel deeply about it. I must, because as soon as the notice went around Twitter about sending money to the Red Cross via SMS, I did so. It wasn’t a lot, but it was what I could give.
I think most of my contemplation comes from reading the Gita, which I’m in the middle of right now. I just finished the part in which Krishna explains to Arjuna the benefit of acting without concern for the results, not being tied to ego or a positive or negative outcome, and not becoming angry with bad things or overly pleased with good things. I know that this is not easy philosophy; in fact, the author of the translation I’m reading (Eknath Easwaran) explains in the introduction that there is much hidden wisdom in the Gita. It is easy for someone new to the philosophy to become confused, and that there are many, many other written works that are efforts to help people understand the wisdom in the Gita.
So this morning I woke up knowing that I need to take a step back and not be so hard on myself. I’m pretty impatient most of the time anyhow, so this is a healthy thing to know. Nobody expects me to be able to follow the teachings of the Gita perfectly the first time. I’ll get better with practice.