The purpose of this meditation is to see what kind of feeling is generated when we consider that we are definitely going to die.

everything-must-goI began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and then thought about how my life is everything. Ever since I can remember, I have been alive. There has never been a time that I can remember when I have not been alive. It is easy to think that this life will carry on forever. But, I reminded myself, everyone dies. No-one escapes death – everyone, including me, will definitely die.

I focused on this and it felt like I had fallen face down into the ground. I could see nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing. Every single aspect of my life had gone. Everything had gone. I focused on the feeling of everything having gone for a while.

After a little time, I realised that all the things I currently call ‘mine’ are deceptive, because when I die, I will lose them. I never really ‘had’ them at all.

With this thought, I felt supremely free. I felt like all my ties and grasping had fallen away, and I was completely liberated from possessions. I wasn’t expecting this feeling, but it was a good strong conclusion: realising that I will die, and that everything I think of as mine will disappear, I should not regard them as mine now. I felt completely free, and I settled my mind on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings realise that their possessions are deceptive, and find freedom in the realisation that no matter how much they cling to them as theirs, everything must go.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will remind myself that everything must go, and feel free.