Do you find time slipping through your fingers?
Here’s a question for reflection to help us remember the preciousness of this life:
What would you do if you only had six months to live? Would your life be different than it is now? How and why would that be? How might that influence your life now?
Here’s my answer. Finances permitting, I would retreat from the world, to a large degree, and focus on meditation and resting in the essence of mind instead of all the thoughts and projections. The intention would be to stabilize my mind so that I will be able to meet death with greater confidence, clarity, and ease.
At the same time, I would aspire to more readily release the spring of love and compassion that hides away within me – and you too! Recent events have reminded me that I need far more practice in living from the heart. I would also want to see my family, all of whom live a zillion miles away.
I wouldn’t waste my time with a bucket list trying to capture and claim fleeting experiences. While I appreciate beauty, I know it’s ephemeral at best.
I would give away all my material possessions or designate them for others so I had less attachment at the moment of death. The ultimate simplicity experiment!
Taking a moment to consider impermanence like this, makes me wonder how I can live more intentionally in the present moment? How can I make every moment have meaning?
Remember Dying to Get Your Priorities Straight
These are phrases that can be reflected upon daily to remind us to get our priorities straight and live right now with a full heart.
A reflection on impermanence from the Buddhist tradition:
“Death is real. Comes without warning. This body will be a corpse.”
A reflection on impermanence from the Christian tradition:
“Memento Mori” ~ “Remember You Will Die”
Six months to live. What would you do?
This is part of my series of compelling questions: reflections to help us enrich our lives. Thank you for reading and sharing! If you enjoyed this article please subscribe for free updates by email. With love, Sandra
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