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Death and Dying

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by amer chohan Feb 26, 2013. 21 Replies

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Comment by Alice on December 14, 2012 at 4:18pm

You got it!  Make the most of every moment because you never know when it's going to end.  Not that it matters when it ends, because once we are gone we have no more worries :)

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 14, 2012 at 9:32am

I see. I guess the best we can do in this life is make the most of it :)

Comment by Alice on December 13, 2012 at 3:12pm

Wonderful next step for all - because without death we wouldn't be here - evolution relies on us being born and dying in order to make the gene changes necessary to evolve.

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 13, 2012 at 9:17am

@Alice Ahh, I gotcha. Yeah, I could see how that would be very vexing. And I wish there was a like button on here, too! Lol!

@Jon And that's why I keep so many journals :) I want to be remembered after I die...I want my friends and family to read my thoughts, see how I experienced my life from my perspective.

However, how is death a "wonderful next step for the whole of life"?

Comment by Alice on December 12, 2012 at 1:15am

Wish there was a like button on Nexus :)

Tabitha - it's practicing meditation that doesn't suit everyone - and being a child and constantly told to be quiet can be distressing too :)

Comment by Jon T on December 11, 2012 at 10:15pm

@Tabitha_I noticed over my life time that the most valuable thing we leave behind after our death is our persona that exists as the knowledge of having been known by others. This is our gift of life and joy that becomes the fabric of the knowledge and experience that in turns becomes the being of another. And long after we are forgotten as individuals, we have hopefully shaped humanity for the better -- if we have allowed ourselves to do so. It is not a sorrowful thing to pass on that torch nor is it a distressing thing to find our eternal peace in that knowledge, which existing outside ourselves, does not cease because it is shared, as was our existence. Death is terrifying yet a wonderful next step for the whole of life.

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 11, 2012 at 9:18am

Wow! I really like the links :D How can living in a meditation center have adverse affects?? Sounds really amazing to me.

@Joan: I love the insight here :)

Comment by Alice on December 10, 2012 at 8:40pm

I grew up in a meditation centre - it's not for everyone - and can have adverse effects for some exasperating depression and leading to anger - Sam Harris has some interesting perspectives on meditation:

Sam Harris Leading A Guided Meditation:
I attended this event...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahJl_6rQLBw

How to meditate:
http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/how-to-meditate

Sam Harris on Meditation and consciousness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2tEQPNG198

Joan - yes there is so much to be grateful for and enjoy in this short life we have been given.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 8:27pm

Alice, your response rings sparkling bells with me. Your description sounds very comforting and full of promise. Having this life to live fully, intentionally, determined to be open to the joys and tears, the rest and the rush of living, the gift of life and knowing we are made of the stuff of stars and we will become atoms that make up new beginnings. If there is to be peace, it will start with me; it doesn't come automatically. If there is to be justice, I am one who stands with others for the flourishing of all people and all on the Earth. We find love and care and compassion by being that which we desire. 

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 10, 2012 at 8:09pm

That's beautiful, Alice :) I like that. Savor every moment...it's sad, though. Most of us don't. I know I don't. I have a tendency to escape from reality, either being locked inside my own head or getting on my laptop and going through facebook mindlessly.

I've done some reading about meditation. It talks about being mindful, being fully aware and present to the moment of NOW. It's really interesting--you should look into it :)

 

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