When the future disappears, we are brought home to the vibrant aliveness Here and Now, the only reality there ever actually is. Whether it is the personal death that awaits each of us, the looming threat of climate extinction, the inevitable planetary death in which the earth itself will be no more, or even the end of the entire known universe, death is the single reality that most clearly informs us that the future is a fantasy and that all the things we have been so concerned about are like fleeting bubbles in a stream. When we believe that a single, fragile, impermanent bubble is all we are, we live in fear of death. And yet, paradoxically, we long to pop the bubble of apparent encapsulation and dissolve into the vast, unlimited wholeness that we intuitively know we are.
Instead of denying aging, avoiding death, or fantasizing about some after-life for “me” (the bubble), Joan points to fully embracing the total disintegration and loss of control that growing old and dying—and living and loving and being awake—actually entails.
Let’s start with Anaximander, who said everything forming in Nature incurs a debt which it must repay so that other things may form, which I see as the essence of evolution and a fascinating take on Dying to Live.
In the Sufi tradition, there is a saying, “Die before death.” For Sufis, this is an exhortation to befriend death and the process of letting go as a daily spiritual practice.
Heart-break is painful. There is no way around that. The loss of a loved one is devastating. It breaks you down. It tears you apart. The life that you thought you were living is no more. The person you thought you were, has died with your loved one.
Life and death are not the opposites the modern mind has made them to be.
All of our ancestors and most of our relatives are immortal. We aren't. How come?
Deepak shares his reflections on Death and shows us how coming to terms with our own beliefs about it can liberate us.
Our ability to meet each moment in life with awareness benefits us immensely at the time of death.
Dr. Long has investigated thousands of near-death experiences (NDEs) with the results of his research published in the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
Brenda weaves traditional medicine, Buddhism, mindfulness, Toltec energy medicine and ancient calendar teachings to help others understand the times we are in as humanity.
Lama Rod Owens holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation.
Imagine the opportunity to transform your own view of death, diminish your fears and re-frame your relationship to living and dying.
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
Modern cosmology — the study of the nature and evolution of the cosmos itself — has allowed physicists to explain the history of the Universe from the first tiny fraction of a second until today. But what’s next?
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
We are living through the most exciting and most challenging times in human history, if not the history of planet.
Learning the skills of dying occurs in the course of living deeply and well.
How does one choose to walk closely to the dying every day?
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
A poem on the impact of resurrection.
What am I up to when, with a couple of blindingly luminous formulations, I claim to take my stand as Awareness and to allow everything, free from resistance, effortlessly?
Nothing would do what is required in each moment without a point of view of how others see it. Greatness is a judgement from the outside or, if it is from the inside, then it is a judgement that you are less-than.
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
This compulsion to arrive at the Final Truth is, of course, foiled again and again by life itself.
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