The purpose of this meditation is to focus on the feeling of the words – I may die today.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then thought about how I will definitely die. There will come a time when my body no longer functions and I will play no further part in the world.

Normally, if I am honest, I think of my ‘self’ as being almost immortal. The idea that my lifetime on this earth is somehow finite simple never features in my thoughts.

I contemplated the words – I may die today, and examined their meaning. What do they signify? Something very obvious, and yet something that is difficult to grasp properly.

What are the conclusions to be drawn? I imagined what it would be like to know that I would be spending the rest of my life in a foreign country very different from my own, and that I was leaving in two weeks. What would it feel like? I would lose interest in inconsequential things, and I would focus on things that would be relevant to my future life in the other country. I would lose interest in my current wardrobe, and buy clothes that suited the new climate. I would lose interest in devices and objects that would be of no use. I would naturally become very interested in devices and objects that would be useful in the new country, because I would be able to appreciate their value to me in the near future.

By implication, I realised that if I truly understood what the words – I may die today – meant, then I would constantly feel like I was about to leave this life, and I would lose interest in the trivialities and distractions which had nothing to do with my welfare in future lives. I would become very interested in things that could make my passage and future lives easier and better.

Therefore, I focused on the words – I may die today – I and let the feeling of the words arise in my mind. I felt like I was facing a wall that I could not pass through, and the feeling filled me. I felt like here and now mattered. I felt like every action needed to be meaningful, because there will come a time when I will not be able to act in this world.

I focused on this feeling for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings understand the meaning of the words – I may die today.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remember this feeling, practice virtue, abandon non-virtue, and benefit living beings.