They say that learning to let go in meditation is the best way to train for death. And, even though I completely believe it, I seem to quickly lose the thread and forget this teaching more often than I would like to admit.
This morning I decided to experiment with this teaching during my formal practice and imagined that I was dying and that I had no controlv over any of the perceptions coming into consciousness. It was an interesting experiment and one which certainly increased my ardency and commitment so was well worth it. More than anything, imagining that iv was dying help to clear away much of the chaff and I was able to attend to what was important: calming the heart.
May we all prepare well for death!