death as inspiration

I was recently invited to join a book discussion group about A Year to Live by Stephen Levine. I recall checking out his book Who Dies? from the library many years ago and enjoying it, so I googled him and found this lovely interview:

His basic premise, as I understand it, is that keeping our mortality in our conscious awareness enhances and enriches the quality of our decisions and therefore our lives. I find nothing to argue with in that! 

And I want to take it a step further, by suggesting what I think may be an even more powerful transformational thought-experiment:


things I've learned in the first half of my life that I look forward to enjoying in the second half:

- When my attention is focused on the present moment, trust becomes a meaningless concept. I just deal with whatever happens as it arises. I don't need to worry. I don't need to suspect. I don't need to diagnose intention or determine motive. I just swing when the ball comes over the plate. Simple.

- I will be okay. I've seen myself and others bounce back stronger than ever from serious illnesses and injuries, unemployment, and all kinds of other crises. I've seen beautiful deaths. I've seen blessings within suffering, compassion within pain, and opportunity within destruction. There are gifts of love available for me everywhere, in all experiences. If I don't notice them at first, I can simply pay closer attention, and they will reveal themselves to me.