As I read articles about the precious Sherpas killed on Mount Everest, I felt so many emotions being stirred within me. What strikes me is the theme of external outside gratification and the absence of our inside spiritual terrain. I started to ponder what would happen if we made the choice to leave our heavy material loads at home so the Sherpas wouldn’t have to carry so much of our weight.
What if we started carrying our own loads of emotions and reclaimed our spiritual selves from the inside out? I imagine if each of us as individuals do this, our relationships to the “Demands” of Sherpas will be totally transformed. How do we truly step into their shoes and honestly feel how they carry our baggage for us?
One thing that amazed me when I hiked Machu Pichhu in Peru, with the help of the incredible, loving, and generous Sherpas, is when we entered the city all the Sherpas put on fancy costumes for the tourists. This blew my mind. They went from their rugged sweaty beat up clothes to a fashion show, a requirement they said that was for us. I was moved to tears.
Their display of raw humanness and loving generosity sparked this powerful question: How do we reclaim our relationship to nature, stillness and the gifts of our earth?
– Diane Israel, Boulder, CO