I would love to fill my weekly blog posts brimming with talk of sunshine, butterflies and daisies but this week I wish to speak of a profound BEAUTY that exists within the darker aspects of life. So I dare you to be brave with me for a few moments as we dance together with the much feared D-word... death! The reward for your bravery will be a perspective that may change your life forever! Yep, I know, that's a bold statement, but come along for the ride, let the words seep into your every cell and see for yourself! Our beloved friend death has been given a bad rap and it is time for the truth to be known. Death is our good friend and wise master, not our enemy. Allow me to explain....
When I was in my 20's I was lucky enough to work in hospitals as an Occupational Therapist with people who were dying. I held countless peoples hands on their death beds. It may sound pretty morbid and depressing but to me it was one of the most enlightening times of my life. As the body is fading away and the organs are shutting down, the mind and the emotions surrender and release attachment to the physical identity. If I focused on the body, it was very sad to watch someone die. However, if I looked into their eyes I would often see something wildly amazing happen. The closer that people were to death, the more peace, love and silence would burst from their eyes. Their true essence, the core that does not die would become more prominent. I will never forget the look in the eyes of the dying. In fact years later when sitting before many enlightened and realised masters, I would see that same look in their eye... a look of aliveness, of silence and loving surrender to the ginormous vastness of life.
The good news is you don't need to wait until you are on your death bed to awaken to truth and to surrender to the vastness of life. You can do it right now... today... this moment.
Both the dying and the enlightened speak the same message of the preciousness of each moment, despite your circumstances. The morning sun on our face, the sound of rain falling on the roof, a babies smile, the pain in your heart and the storm in your mind. To the wise, these natural and ordinary human moments become an extraordinary celebration of the miracle of life. We often overlook the preciousness of the now with our endless desires that drive us away from the beauty of this moment. Our culture has conditioned us to fear death and often points to its superficial tragedy but I encourage you to dive deeper than the physical decay and see the profound beauty and the awakening potential that exists within the natural cycle of life. So let's go light up the darkness!
3 ways to look death in the face so you can awaken to life.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the D-word in the comments below and if the words speak to you share them with your tribe.