Learn why and how to intentionally develop your personal death-awareness in order to live your best life.
If you are a death-worker in any field you probably feel that you are highly aware of death and its many facets. But did you know that the human brain has a primal mechanism to protect us from thinking about and acknowledging our own personal death? Yes it’s true. We can be advanced teachers of death for other people and still be in denial that we ourselves are going to die. In this solo episode I’ll talk about how and why we need to strengthen our own death-awareness for the betterment of our lives and our work.
This episode includes:
- A study that shows the defenses against death-awareness that exist in the primitive human brain
- Why personal death-awareness must be intentionally cultivated
- How death-awareness can expand and transform our lives
- Why daily death contemplation is essential to our growth
- Think about the fleeting nature of life
- Acknowledge fears of death and dying
- Recognize barriers to awareness
- Benefits of increased death-awareness:
- Enjoy the present moment
- Find comfort in stillness
- Experience authentic gratitude for life
- Experience awe
- Become less attached to material things
- Be more inclusive and less exclusive
- See everything as sacred
Good night Wesley. Good work. Sleep well. I shall likely kill you in the morning.
-from The Princess Bride
Links mentioned in this episode:
FREE webinar (REPLAY provided if you can’t attend live):
- Article: Doubting Death: How our brains shield us from mortal truth
- Film: The Princess Bride
- Beautiful Dying Expo – November 2, 2019, San Diego CA
- Before I Die Arizona – October 30 – November 3, Scottsdale AZ
- Spiritual Journeys in Chronic Illness Course
- Join the team at Patreon.com/eolu and get access to the EOLU mug: “Mind if we talk about death?” (only Patrons can purchase it)
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