It is not common to think about our death. For some, the mere fact of imagining it causes suffering, and they prefer to flee from that idea.
Thinking about death is not as bad as it seems.

Many years ago, Buddha said that everything that comes into life also leaves it. That is the law of life. In our society, death is still a taboo subject that most people do not like to talk about. We act as if death is in the very distant future and will arrive so late.

But thinking about death is not as bad as it seems.

Meditating on death is meditating on life since human beings are aware that it is the only thing we have for sure in this life.  The fear of death comes when we think that everything ends there, and you ask yourself: “Will there be life after death?” When we die, do we become completely extinct?

Each of us has, consciously or unconsciously, a philosophy of life that is based on the notion of our nature. Are you a body? Or are you a spiritual being embodied in a body?

A materialistic person has a very different perspective on life than someone who believes that there is something beyond this physical plane. Asking ourselves this question in depth would clarify a little the panorama of our own philosophy of life.

Life gives us everything, but it also takes it away from us.

It is important to let things go and not cling to an identity or to labels with which we fill our personality. We can meditate on how everything changes and everything dissolves. When I detach, then magically, I understand that no one has died but they have been transformed.

It is very important to meditate on death without fear because life gives us everything, but it also takes it away from us. Being aware of that helps us focus on the most important priorities of our existence.

If we think a little about impermanence, we will realize that this is how the world works. There is nothing that is not subject to impermanence. The problem is accepting it. Otherwise, meditating on death brings a big light to our lives because we become aware that life is change and movement.

Everything as a beginning and a end. Then I realize that my life is impermanent and constantly changing, and that I will leave my physical body at some point in the future that I do not know when.

Yes, we are going to die.

If we become aware of our own death, it will make us value our own life more and give it a meaningful meaning, and that would encourage us to go for our dreams, because in those last moments of existence, we realize the important things in life, the trivial, material, etc, lose importance.

We don’t know when we are going to leave this physical plane. Thinking about it makes us feel a sense of urgency about the important projects in our lives. For example, being more affectionate with our loved ones, doing something for others, doing something that transcends future generations.

Steve Jobs had a daily practice that would not be bad to make it ours too, where he asked himself: “If today were my last day of life, how would I like to live it?”

Not knowing when or how we are going to die drives us to want to return to those things that we have in life. For example, the cycles that we have not closed or wanting to solve problems with loved ones or close friends, we think that they are all eternal and we let our ego dominate us, leaving the issue aside, thinking that it is not the time to smooth things over, but the reality of things is that there is no better time to face it than the present time, so there is nothing left pending at the time of transcending.

In daily life, we are always very submerged by the attachment that we develop to things like my job, my car, my body, my loved ones, etc. We are worried because we get so attached that we really believe all those things are permanent. We don’t think the time will come when they are no longer, and that idea of permanence in things will only make me suffer a lot.

If we meditate on impermanence, and we begin to realize that things are not forever, our attachment will be less. I will be clear that these things are impermanent, which will help me reduce anxiety, and my mental suffering will be less.

The world will go on by itself.

Many people cling to their loved ones when they die, but Buddhism teaches that this form of attachment is an obstacle. The world will continue on its own.

When death approaches, there is no longer anything to do in worldly terms. Each person is responsible for their own life. And the best way to help is to be at peace and achieve consciousness of wisdom.

When dying, it is necessary to close the book and not look back. The only responsibility you have when you die is to free yourself from the shackles of the mind. It is necessary to cultivate a quiet mind.

The purpose of life is like a car: the car needs gasoline to be able to work, but the purpose is not gasoline but the function of the car, which is to transport people. The purpose is to have a meaningful and happy life. Material things will not give us happiness.

Happiness comes from the ability to appreciate and value what I have and turn my life into something meaningful.

“It is undeniably the case that in our society we do not easily accept that death is a natural part of life, which results in a perpetual sense of insecurity and fear, and many are confused at the time of the death of a loved one, not knowing what they can do to help the one that has passed away or how to address their own grief.

Exploring ways of overcoming our fear of death and adopting a creative approach at the time of bereavement, that is, focusing one’s energy on supporting the one that has passed away, are both extraordinary benefits of the insights and practices that are so beautifully expressed in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. When I think of these things I often remember the Dalai Lama saying:

‘When we look at life and death from a broader perspective, then dying is just like changing our clothes! When this body becomes old and useless, we die and take on a new body, which is fresh, healthy and full of energy! This need not be so bad!’

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