Who Are You, and What Are You?

What Is Your Real Purpose in Life?

Pretend You’re Going To Die Tomorrow

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It’ll give you a new and interesting outlook on life. Ask anybody who’s faced death. Ask anybody who has looked the Grim Reaper right squarely in his black, beady little eyes. Things change. Money doesn’t matter any more. Your house, your car, all your toys—they don’t mean a damn thing. It’s all just stuff. You can’t take stuff with you when you go.

What is important are the people you love. The people who love you. The relationships you’ve developed. The inner development you’ve accomplished during this life. But there might be something even more important—more meaningful—as you draw your last few breaths: Forward vision into what happens next.

One of the possible rewards of a long-term practice of Zen meditation is receiving enlightening knowledge that provides a wider view of the Universe. One can receive the knowledge and the resultant understanding of his spiritual being as an indestructible energy form.

Discovering your own self-nature is an extraordinary gift. That knowledge allows you to live life on a higher plane than ordinary human existence. With apologies to my religious friends, that knowledge lets you walk through this life in a somewhat god-like state. That knowledge reveals this life as just one chapter in a much greater drama. Of course, that knowledge lets you smile in the face of physical death.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

July 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

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  1. Thanks, Ed. Once again your thoughts are strangely appropriate and alarmingly timely. Love to you and Dee, Arnette

    Arnette Crocker Tressel

    July 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    • Most people in western culture get all spooky when I talk about death. But death is just as normal as birth. we all do both of these things. But since we’re all grounded inside our (currently living) human bodies, we think of life as normal, and death as…well, spooky. I like the idea of normalizing the subject of death. And I champion the concept of preparing to die well. In other words, getting well enough prepared so that, when we get to that point, we can say “Whooopee, I’m ready for the big ride into my next adventure!”

      Eduardo Mitchell

      July 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm


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