I’ve found these “Death Awareness Practices” very liberating, especially in my old age.
Because repeating “memento mori” which is “remembering you will die”, you realise you have to ENJOY LIFE WHILE YOU HAVE IT.
I firmly believe:
Each day is a separate life to enjoy as much as possible, even with the aches and pains of old age!
Death Awareness gives me a greater appreciation for the gift of each new day.
I know to have COMPLETE PEACE I’d have to be at peace with the prospect of dying.
Points to Ponder:
Courage, Integrity, Humour–We are ultimately ALONE and these three words are values to get you through.
We are all on a journey, good or bad, and we have NO choice but to ENDURE and come to terms with what afflicts us.
Remembering you will die!
This could be your death day!
When I awake, I think, “This could be my last morning.”
Then a warm appreciation arises in me–appreciation for this morning in which I am very much ALIVE!
Remember the time of our death is uncertain.
Thankfully, we don’t know when we will encounter death.
So, I treasure each day that I’m ALIVE and that those I love are alive.
All grasping is finished at death.
What does that mean?
It means that all the things I preoccupy myself with will dissolve at death…all my opinions that I think are so important, all my worries about the future, all the material things around me that I think of as mine–all the grasping will be gone!
I find this life-affirming and liberating because I then consider what IS important to me in life.
It’s NOT opinions, worries or possessions.
What I value most, as I get older, is my relationship with other people.
Was I patient and caring?
Perhaps my blogs have helped someone live better.
All this death awareness has helped me live in the present moment and embrace the world as it’s unfolding right at this moment.
Being conscious of death makes each day more precious to me.
I’m living more purposefully and I am living my present better.
Each day is a separate life!
So, get on with it…
Embrace it and accept it “AS IT IS.”
Enjoy it as much as possible with equanimity.
Makes sense doesn’t it?