I am listening to this book in an audio format. It is both practical and inspirational.
Death has been much on my mind for a long time, actually. A few years ago one of my teachers asked us to consider what it would take to die consciously? Although the concept was not new to me, I had not really given it much thought.
But now, a few years down the road and with my daughter - a medical social worker - gently encouraging me to get my affairs in order, I am thinking more about death.
About end of life. About my 'stuff'. About letting go. Finishing well. Saying all the things I need to say so that at the very end I do not die with regrets.
In this respect Ghandi was such an inspiration: he practiced every day so that when he died the 'name of God' was on his lips.
I am not aspiring to be Ghandi or to have the name of God be on my lips as I die...whatever that looks like...but rather to feel at peace. Ready. Knowing I had lived a good life. Been of help to others. Encouraged and supported others. Been a good person - the best I could be with my human frailties.
I am not suggesting that thinking of dying is what everyone needs to be doing. No. What I am suggesting is that in many ways we are experietncing death all the time: big ways like jobs ending, relationships ending or changing, people we love actually dying.
And small ways: not as flexible in your body as you once were, kids are now taller than you, some things that used to be easy are now harder.
If you would like some help with death and dying issues - BIG OR SMALL - I would be privileged to help. Call/text 360-432-1236; Let's set up a free consultation so you can ask questions and we can decide if we are a good 'fit'.