Yesterdays meditation on death concluded with the determination to remember death in all my actions.

The purpose of today’s meditation is to develop the wish to mix all our actions with virtue.

I began by making the appropriate preparations from meditation.

I then reminded myself that I could die at any time. I reminded myself I could die tomorrow. What would I think if I knew I was going to die tomorrow? The answer is I would think ‘I wish I had practised harder!’ I would think of all the time I have wasted and I would regret it.

As I thought about this I developed the understanding that I need to mix virtue with all my actions. All my thoughts need to be pure and virtuous. All the words I speak need to be pure and virtuous. All my physical actions need to be pure and virtuous. If I knew that I was going to die tomorrow I would want to have all my actions mixed with
virtue. I would want to make the most of my time.

As I thought about this I realised that all my actions would be joyful. My life, although short, would be filled with joy.

I developed a beautiful feeling of being joyfully virtuous and I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation, while all time remembering that I may die tomorrow.

Dedication

May I and all living beings engage in joyful effort.

Practice in the meditation break

I will try to remember the feeling of engaging in joyful effort and put this feeling into practice