Hello HE. I am writing a paper of brief meditations of death, kind of like what is in Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations”. I have many ideas behind death including the idea of having an end of our life gives us reason to live and not to take life for granite, which unfortunately many do anyway. And the idea that the reasoning behind our fear of death is based on our fear of the unknown. I was wondering what any of your views on death are and why you feel that way about one of the greatest mysteries and fears of humankind.
Just as a preface I am in no way religious, however I do feel a strong connection to subtle energy, patterns, nature and the universal vibration..To me it is simple, a cycle, the end to a beginning, which also had and end, death is unknown, it is unclear what “happens” to us when our soul vacates this vessel, however it is clear to me that our spirit, our energy does have a space in infinite matter and still exists~just in different form, or maybe even formless..? Either way, if you have been around death a lot you begin to feel a different way with it, you begin to really understand the impermanence of life, yes people take life for granted- but a lot of it has been pushed upon them, they have been brainwashed and convinced that death is an impending doom which will decide their fate based on their actions here- thus through religion it is hanging over their heads constantly giving people the wrong idea and not allowing them to explore it on their own…
I don’t think death is a mystery like that. Check NDE (Near Death Experiences) out.
@sheameis, I just recently came across a web page with a walkthrough for a Death Meditation (Someone posted it recently on another thread, so I can’t take the credit)
While it is a walkthrough, they describe every step of death through meditative imagination. Even if you don’t go through with the technique, it is still a nice description of the idea behind how death occurs.
@sheameis, i used to be scared of death (like most people) until about a year ago when i sat down and thought about it. i definitely agree that our fear of death is based on our fear of the unknown. the way i look at it now is that no matter what form death takes, im okay with it. if theres a western style heaven/hell, i consider myself a decent person so ill be alright. if im reincarnated great, i love this world! if i merge with some greater energy pulsing throughout the entire universe, awesome.
and if death is really the end and i cease to exist, thats fine too. my body will decay and the atoms with all become part of the universe and i think thats pretty cool too. one of my favorite quotes on death as a finality is by Epicurus; it’s something along the lines of “Death does not concern us. As long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.”
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