Thinking about death and dying is a wonderful reflective mirror for life and living. For when we contemplate death and dying, we are asked to also assess the decisions we are making relative to life and living.
The examining of choices also extends to those around us. Often death and dying can bring up an examination of how a person chose to live his or her life or is choosing to handle death and dying. This examining of choices includes, if the choice presents itself, how we plan to manage and handle our own death and dying.
What choices would you like to be able to make relative to your own death and dying?
How much fear around death and dying is tied to the perceived lack of choices for ourselves and others?
We can count our lives through our breaths. Whether we are contemplating our own lives, or witnessing the beginning or ending of another’s life, the breath signifies life and all the potentials contained therein.
Your first breath and your last breath mark the time given to you for life.
If life is bordered by the first breath and the last breath, the question becomes,
The agreement between birth and death is set, whether we consciously carry this agreement in our awareness or not. Within this initial agreement, we will often seek amendments and modifications.
If we can not disentangle the agreement between birth and death, then, we can at least, we reason, stave off death. In this way, we feel a sense of control related to death. Some will take this sense of control and be driven to make decisions they hope will prolong their lives. Of course, others may attempt to modify the agreement between birth and death by making decisions in the opposite direction, ones that can potentially shorten lives.
What actions do you take, or witness other taking, in an attempt to modify the agreement between birth and death?