The last Monday Meditation focused on death and what it means to “be” instead of “do.” This Monday is similar, but more focused on the doing rather than being.
What I find interesting about death is that, for a while, we humans act like animals unaware of our finite status. Unaware of how much our actions affect others both positively and negatively. Being unaware of your inevitable end shapes your present perspective. For many, there is much less fear. It is easy to jump off a cliff if you do not think you are going to die. Once we discover pain, suffering, and inevitable death, many react with sadness and anxiety. Knowing about death means knowing we are always getting closer and closer to it.
Have you understood that you will die? That this is your chance to really live? You will never be as young as you are now. You will never have the same opportunity as you do in this moment. Similar ones may come along, but they will never be the same, you will never be the same. Knowledge and experience change us.
Does knowing this fill you with dread or excitement? If it fills you with anxiety, take some time to figure out why. Is it out of fear for tomorrow or maybe from regrets of yesterday? How are you reacting and interacting with the world around you?
For me, “doing” starts with your mental reaction. We are in control of our reactions towards life. We cannot control life or death, but we can choose how we respond – first mentally and secondly, physically.
It is our choice to look negatively at our finite status or as our opportunity to appreciate the gift we have. We have no idea how many days we will have on this earth. Filling those days with aggression, resentment, etc., does it help you?
Today, start to watch yourself and your reactions. Ask yourself, not whether or not my reaction is justified, but does this reaction help the circumstances? Ask yourself, what can I change in my life to improve it?
Life is short. Life is a gift. It is your choice to waste it or appreciate it. What will you choose?