Most of us often neglect looking at death as a part of life... It is often an aspect of life that we wish to avoid for as long as humanly possible. We also may at times wish that when it comes we are not in pain and that we were able to do all that we wished to accomplish. Unfortunately, most of us live our lives in neglect of our death, we neglect the precious moments, we neglect our relationships, we neglect what we love, and hide from all that is painful, embracing only that which is pleasurable. We make excuses, justifications, and rationalizations to excuse that which we know we should do.... Our bodies and minds are left as second hand living, not something that we see as the core of our life…!
Many traditions, religions and cultures speak of death and promise an afterlife in many forms. Heaven, Hell, Re-incarnation, etc. In essence death can represent many things, but to the living it’s a wakeup call, what will we choose to do with our only promised one way ride on this planet? Good question right?
Mindfulness is the key to this re-birth. When we realize our limits we begin to see the limitations we have been accepting in our lives. We can see clearly the obstacles ahead of us and prepare ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually for whatever is to come. Mindfulness helps us to live more fully and be better in our day to day lives…. Many martial traditions and religious philosophies openly prepared for death. Contemplating upon the fact that we will one day be dead physically can help us find new motivation to train, live and love with vigor and passion and create new lives for ourselves.
Life and death, just like yin and yang are concepts that explain a complete cycle from beginning to end. Why have we been making excuses to wait one more day? Why wait until next year? Why wait until we are too sick to understand our minds and bodies? Now is the time to act, waiting will only bring more of the same, are we happy with that? Death comes quickly and life is too short when we arrive at the final moments of our existence… The beginning starts now are you ready?
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