How to Let Go of Attachments and Find More Ease

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“Human beings face two causes of death: untimely death and death due to exhaustion of their natural life span.  Untimely death can be averted through the methods taught for prolonging life.  However, when the cause of death is the exhaustion of the natural life span, you are like a lamp which has run out of oil.  There is no way of averting death by cheating it; you have to get ready to go. – Padmasambhava

I know!  Death is probably the last thing you want to hear or think about.  But honestly, accepting impermanence and death is the best way to learn to live fully in each precious moment given to us.  That doesn’t mean dying will be easy, but it could be easier.

The ability to meet death with an open heart depends, however, upon letting go of all your attachments.

Yes, every single one!  You have to let go of everything when you die.  Your possessions, your relationships, your work, and your body all get left behind no matter how deeply you cherish them now.

Can you imagine that?

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In the Silent Spaces, That’s Where Wholeness Lies

In the Silent Spaces, Wholeness Lies

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When I was meditating last night, an image of a nun from my Catholic elementary school came up out of nowhere.  It arose just as my body started feeling physical distress.

Some of the nuns at my school cracked the whip.  I felt in terror of them.  Disobedience never crossed my mind, at least not in my early years.  One time, however, I was caught whispering – it seems – with a classmate during morning mass.  I don’t remember the transgression.  But I remember the humiliation of the punishment – kneeling in the aisle for the remainder of mass – as a visceral impression in my cells.

“Indignity,” cries out my bones, my body, my brain. No wonder she’s suddenly appearing from the darker corners of my mind.  This memory needs to be cleansed and released so I can move closer to wholeness, untainted by the past.

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My Hawaii Life: Celebrating the Healing Power of Nature

Rainbow, Big Island, Hawaii
Double Rainbow, Big Island, Hawaii

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I grew up in a large city.  I never envisioned living on a fruit farm.  Life is not predictable, at least not for some of us.

This isn’t a commercial farm nor is it a large farm.  It’s just our humble attempt to live more sustainably.

Weeding, mulching, and feeding constitute my main tasks on the farm.  The scent of Cuban oregano and lemon grass delights me as I pull and hack and sweat – in moderation, of course.

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Great Links for a Good Life {04.22.15}

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Welcome to my personal selection of exceptional posts from around the web, inspiring resources to help you live the best possible life, and a good book or two.  Enjoy!

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