Momento Mori – meditate on death
I wrote an earlier blog post on Momento Mori, but I have been contemplating this idea again recently.
Why would anyone want to think about their own death?
Why? Because if you contemplate that you will die that is when you begin to live.
No one can predict the future which means no one knows when they will die.
It could be today. It could be 100 years from now.
There are millions of people, both young and old, that will die today. Some may know it is coming. Most do not.
That means we should live each moment to its greatest potential, not sweating the small stuff.
Each moment is a death, whereas the next moment is a birth.
“Every event of our lives has a beginning, a middle, and an end…Every day is made of countless moments, and each of these precious moments ends and becomes a past lifetime.” – Pema Chödrön, Welcome the Unwelcome
That means no matter what has just happened, you have a new moment to make it better, fix that mistake, to say you’re sorry.
“You will have the insight that there are continual and endless opportunities to have a fresh start. In each moment, one lifetime ends, and another begins.” – Pema Chödrön, Welcome the Unwelcome
It may seem hopeless. It may seem that there is no way out.
Just wait for the next minute. You are never know what is around the next corner.
Don’t give up hope.
“See everything as a passing memory.” – Trungpa Rinpoche
Remembering that you will die will help you live.