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. As much as you might wish that it could be different, this is the stark reality that must be faced. The death of a loved one is a wake up call to reality. The reality that we do actually die. The dream bubble bursts and you are left standing alone with no one to hold your hand. You feel the roller-coaster of emotions. You feel the cycles between numbness to insanity. And all of this is a cracking open and open.
When, nearly 3 years ago, her husband Robert Hanuman died, Unmani turned inside out. But right from the beginning, she could see the heart-breaking gift in it all. It was the gift of Love. The gift of seeing that our love never dies. The gift of seeing that Love is not dependent on a body. But also the gift of this cracking open and open. Paradoxically, even though she recognised this gift, it didn't save her from actually feeling the terrible, knife-stabbing pain. The human heartbreak goes on, and at the same time you know that it is only ever Love. Love holding you in the wild ride of being human. Love breaking you open to Love itself.
It continues to crack open and open to Love. It is a never-ending heart opening. She lives my love for Robert. She lives as Love. And love is not only the sweet feelings, but also the willingness to face and feel the intensity of everything that life brings, and let it continually crack you open.
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.
Our ability to meet each moment in life with awareness benefits us immensely at the time of death.
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.
Learning the skills of dying occurs in the course of living deeply and well.
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".
Imagine the opportunity to transform your own view of death, diminish your fears and re-frame your relationship to living and dying.
Total silence in which there is neither the observer nor the thing observed is the highest form of a religious mind.
Orland Bishop has a conversation with a small group at SAND19 US.
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