I remember a conversation with my mother years ago where she said, ‘it’s hard to die.”
I didn’t understand exactly what she was getting at. Obviously dying is painful and emotional but I now have a greater grasp of what she was trying to convey by understanding that death is a process.
Death is a process and our entire lifetime should be a preparation for a good death.
A “good death” means being at peace.
I hope this conversation doesn’t strike you as negative, but I think contemplating death is what helps us live a good life. What if something were to happen to someone you love right now.
What are the words you left unsaid?
What are the apologies you have yet to make?
And, those dreams of yours… did you let them die?
I not only contemplate death, a lot, I also spend time watching elderly people in the final stages of their life. I watch how they move, and see their youthful spirit trapped in bodies that fail to move with the ease they once did. I think about what it will be like to be trapped inside a slow moving body, wanting to move, to dance, to run or even just walk across the room, and not being able to. This happens in old age but it also happens when we become ill.
We don’t know what lays ahead of us, and so in contemplating aging, illness and death, we can better honour each day of health we’re given.
Connecting to your own mortality can be powerful if you let it be the fuel to face your fears and do the things you’ve already put off for far too long.
Let go of your fears, have real conversations, and break your heart wide open.
This is just some of the work you’ll explore in my new Heal Your Heart, online Kundalini yoga immersion. To find out more click here