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guided meditation: death

  • Find a quiet and undisturbed space. Sit in a comfortable but firm position: your back straight, your shoulders relaxed and open.

  • Rest your attention on the breath. In this moment, your life rests upon a single breath.

  • Appreciate the potential for change that each breath is giving you.

  • Now rest your attention on death. You are born and then one day you die.

  • Now reflect on the fact that death is certain. Recollect all the people that you know personally, or have heard about, who have died

  • Realize that nobody lives for ever. At some point all beings die.

  • Now reflect on the fact that the time of death is uncertain. Recollect the various ages at which people you knew died - as a baby, as a youth, as a middle-aged person, as an old person.

  • People die at all ages and in all manner of circumstances. You never know when you are going to die.

  • Since death is certain but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing for you to do at this moment?

  • Reflect on what is essential and meaningful for you. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What do you want to do?

  • In what way can you realize the potential that birth gave you?

  • Now - hearing, feeling, smelling, sensing and thinking - appreciate the life you have in this moment. Be present to life in the light of death.

  • Breathing deeply a few times, experience your body fully and, gently getting up, embrace life and death.