As we journey through life, there is one inescapable truth; from the moment we are born, we begin to die. There are countless writings on the importance of living life to the fullest and making the most of each moment we are blessed to live. While we may be dying physically, death exists on another level as well; the level of non-physical. What about making the most of each moment we are blessed to die?
We are not only physical beings, but emotional, mental, and spiritual as well. We experience emotional, mental, and spiritual death throughout of lives. Feelings are born in response to our thoughts and die as they are felt, acknowledged, and finally released. Thoughts come and go. More deeply, our beliefs die when we have a moment of awakening or have that “ah hah!” moment when we suddenly realize a long held belief is no longer true for us. Death is letting go.
Another way to look at letting go is non-resistance. From my perspective, it is going with the flow; acceptance. Non-resistance is living in the moment and being with whatever life is expressing. No judging; no fixing; just being. There is an amazing freedom and peace available in a state of non-resistance. No dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. Death, when viewed from this perspective, is simply the unseen part of creation. It is the void from which the seen is born.
“This too shall pass” is a popular saying that echos the fact that death is part of life. But there is another piece to all of this that I believe holds a key; choice. While life is expressing in its cyclical birth and death process, we have the ability to choose “how” we experience this process. We can practice being in a state of non-resistance or acceptance, or we can resist. Resistance traps us in a state of negative emotion where we suffer. Contrary to popular belief, it is not death that causes suffering. It is resistance that causes suffering and we do it to ourselves.
“What must die?”, the answer is,” EVERYTHING!” Amazingly, this realization is a blessing; it shows us we “are” life itself. There is nothing we must do, change, or acquire. There is nothing we must fix or learn. We just “be” and as we move through our daily lives, notice what comes and goes, and let go; be present; be open to life as it is born, lives, and dies.