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No matter how hard we try, we can’t escape the cycle of life and death. In Hinduism, this eternal cycle is called Samsara. This continuing loop of life, death, and rebirth is at the heart of everyday living.
Lately I’ve been confronted head-on with this cycle. A sudden tragic death of a friend. The impending birth of a child. A life-threatening illness of someone I love. These things are the cycle of life.
How do we deal with them?
It’s easy to get gripped by fear or grief in the face of death. But this is not the only choice. When looking at death, I’ve been trying to also savor life. And this is what I’m learning. All of the cliches are, in fact, true: Be grateful for the time you have. Appreciate each moment.
As yogis, we can look death in the face–and accept it. We can understand that things aren’t bad or good, they just are what they are. And we can use our practice to strengthen our conviction to live in the present moment.
We want to know:
How do you live with death? How does this influence your day to day living?