Posted by: Upāsaka | 03/28/2017

This May Be the Last Time

This may very well be the last time I write an entry in this blog. It may be that I succumb to an illness, an hour by a car or have a sudden aneurysm before I ever post again. Death hovers about us at all times but rather than looking it in the eye and acknowledging it I am more often than not subtly terrorized by it. In order to throw off this shroud of negativity, I intend to make a practice of reflecting on the possibility of my death as much as possible and in as real a manner as possible. 

Chanting the Five Subjects for Frequent Recollection are a great way to do this but, since they form part of a daily ritual, they can lose strength. I find it helpful to remind myself that it may be the last time I brush my teeth, take a shower, see my kids, leave my house. For some reason these are more poignant reminders and help me to keep my awareness rooted in impermanence. 

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  1. Excellent advice!


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