On the ninth of each month we have been called to hold space in our communities on life, death and transformation by ObservetheNinth.org. Today’s vigil will hold space for our own broken hearts, broken communities, and broken world. May it bring you peace and comfort.
Learn the lesson of impermanence and why it is essential for life.
This week begins a series I’ve titled Mortal Wisdom that will explore the lessons we can learn from our mortality and how to thrive in life while knowing that death awaits. Today is the lesson of impermanence … the fact that nothing lasts and everything changes, which is the ultimate reality of our mortal existence here on planet Earth, but also the reality of the entire Universe. I hope you enjoy the series!
The TAO of Death is an adaptation of Lao Tzu’s 2000 year-old book of wisdom, the Tao Te Ching. In these simple yet profound verses you will learn to see death as a normal process in the cycle of life and discover how to live fully and fearlessly.
Find more joy, love and meaning in your life throughThe TAO of Death!
Why It’s Good to be Mortal and How to Celebrate It
This episode includes:
- The Buddhist concept of impermanence
- How everything that is fleeting becomes more precious to us
- Entropy – the 2nd law of thermodynamics – from the Greek word entropia, which means a turning toward or transformation
- How life moves from order to disorder, structure to non-structure, physical form to energetic form or Soul
- The benefits of mortality:
- Creativity, growth and transformation are made possible
- Even our suffering and pain will not last (“this too shall pass”)
- This is the unifying characteristic of all humans on the planet: we all will die one day and we all grieve over our loved ones who have died
- Rituals for getting comfortable with and honoring our impermanence
- Contemplation and journaling using books like The Tao of Death
- Observation of nature
- Mandala creation
- Flowing water ritual
- We are here to dissolve into love, our ultimate destiny
Links mentioned in this episode:
If you enjoy this content please share it with others and consider leaving a review on iTunes! Thanks again to all supporters on Patreon.com/eolu, especially my new patrons John Milloy, Victoria Jenkins, and Joanna D!