As I said last blog I have been trying to remember to be grateful and to do Lama Marut's 2-part morning loll each morning. The first part of the loll includes gratitude as I elaborated on last blog. The second part is all about considering our impermanence and using this to make the most of our precious lives.
Like us all, I have had family and friends who have passed away. Despite understanding that it is part of the cycle of life and having studied Buddhism and Death Awareness, I am often still taken by surprise when death occurs.
In the past I have been reluctant to consider death. I felt it was morbid and did not want to think about it because I was fearful. I am sure I am not alone as I think in our culture, we tend to be afraid of death. However, when we bring a wise understanding to death, we are able to let go of fear and appreciate our lives more.
I now understand it is not helpful to put my head in the sand when it comes to death and that awareness and understanding help me to be more realistic and to make the most of each day of my precious life. It also helps me to appreciate others too, to not take them for granted and to remember to tell them that I love and appreciate them.
The idea to live every day as if it was your last is an interesting one. If I truly thought today was the last day, I had to live I certainly wouldn’t waste time getting angry, upset or worried. I’d make the most of it to connect with those I love to tell them that I love and appreciate them. This is great to reminder to do all the time.
There are three Buddhist death awareness contemplations I find most helpful. These are…
I find these three Buddhist death awareness contemplations most helpful. My understanding of these are…
So when I have done part one of the loll and thought about all I have to be grateful for I then do a brief contemplation of these three understandings. I think about the certainty of my death, the unknown time of it and remind myself to live a good life and do my best to be kind positive force in the world. Awareness of death helps me to appreciate and live a ‘good life’.
With love, appreciation and very best well wishes to us all