This is your life. If if you wanted to, you could never give it away. It belongs to one person only; you.
When you’re about to die, it will be this life … your life … that you will cling to with all your might. Right now, get into that. This, not five minutes from now, now five minutes ago, but THIS, is your life.
Do you want to spend all your precious days and hours looking for something you’ve read about in books as rapture and exaltation?
Do you want to spend all your precious days and hours sitting around complaining about this and that, feeling sorry for yourself?
Find the blessings in the moment. Find your relations in this moment, even if you’re all alone. Life is nothing but relations. Discover them and you will discover all the love and appreciation you could ever want.
Put yourself into your life. What does that feel like?
FEEL! Be Alive. Feel the love of the body that makes all this possible.
But the most important thing is this: this moment is your life. How often we forget that most basic realization.
For me it’s most powerful when reflecting on my own death, for I realize that when that moment arrives and as the hours grow short, as they will, that it will be THIS and ONLY THIS moment that will expand in ways I cannot even imagine. Meditate on those moments and realize your life in THIS moment is really no different.
How do you want your life to be, for this is your life. Life is not here to manifest your wants, although that too may happen. Rather life is here for you … and only you. So, in this moment, what has life delivered … how is life happening? Explore that, unite with that, plunge into that.
But not just now, but in every moment you feel lost, discouraged, and confused. Awaken to the energy that is already present, for that is exclusively your life. It is the time and place that ceaselessly invites us to join together.
That is your message, your style, your being, your way, and … your life.
This is the message we lose sight of far too often. We never need to believe the pressure to force life to be meaningful or the way we demand it to be. That is the madness of the ego. Rather we allow ourselves to meet the moment as an artist meets the moment. We meet the moment with wonder, curiosity, energy. We refuse to push it aside and wait, petulantly, for something better, more conforming with our special demands.
Remember, when you’re about to die, it will not be your demands that will elevate the moment, but your appreciation that the moment is there for you.
A Facebook Comment
A reader on Facebook noted this after reading this post, “Do not agree though, that people necessarily cling to life at the end.”
I responded, “My mother desperately wanted to die. In her last years, she thought about killing herself everyday. Her own sister killed herself in her 40s. But when she lay on her death-bed, when she was face to face with her own final passing, the beauty of life bloomed again and she wanted to hang on to see the faces of her family and to to hear their voices if only for one more minute. That’s the breathtaking sadness of death, that it brings back the shining beauty of even the most simple moments. Yes, I know there is terrible depression and agonizing illness that make life horrible. I’ve seen that directly as well, but even then when death arrives there is that bittersweet quality, that if you rejected life and embraced death, it will be death that will remind you what you might have missed in your life.”
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