Contemplating Birth, Death, and Life
Take a few moments to sit quietly.
Reflect back on your life to the point at which it first began, when you first appeared. When did you appear? Where were you before that? Where did you come from? Contemplate the mystery of birth.
Now go forward in your life to the point at which it ends and you are no longer here. What will happen to you then? Where will you go? How is it possible for your life to end and you no longer to exist? Contemplate the mystery of death.
Reflect on your life now, sandwiched between your birth and your death and utterly unique. Where are you now? What is this all about? Contemplate the mystery of life.
Source: Lief, Judith L. Making Friends with Death (p. 8). Shambhala. Kindle Edition.