I just had the great good fortune to attend a day course given by a treasured friend on the topic of Life and Death.
The meditation in the afternoon had a profound and unexpected effect on me which I wanted to share.
My friend pushed all the right buttons with me as she led the mediation imagining that the time of death had come.
I settled on the image of myself in a hospital bed, coming to the understanding that my life is now at an end.
I thought about all the things that I will never see or do again:
I will never see my family or talk to them again.
I will never see my friends again.
I will never see the sky again.
Then I thought about the big things but the other things that I take for granted but play a massive part in my life.
I will never see cars again.
I will never drink tea again.
I will never walk again.
I thought about these things and the entirety of death overwhelmed me. I rested in that finality until our teacher said: ‘when we are ready we can arise from meditation’.
What an extraordinary feeling. I was filled with gratitude and the determination to make this second chance as meaningful as possible. Such is the power of death meditaion.