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.