After working in the death trade for two decades, Stephen Jenkinson asks us to behold death in all its painful beauty. Learning the skills of dying occurs in the course of living deeply and well. In his book, Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Jenkinson asserts that dying well is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a birthright and a debt.
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.
All of our ancestors and most of our relatives are immortal. We aren't. How come?
In our world right now there are economic and political and surveillance systems that need help in dying.
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.
Imagine the opportunity to transform your own view of death, diminish your fears and re-frame your relationship to living and dying.
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs.
Deepak shares his reflections on Death and shows us how coming to terms with our own beliefs about it can liberate us.
Modern dreams of death and dying are deeply "humanistic", tethered to a vision of the self as independent and removed from "nature".
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