If this was your last 24 hours of life, how would you live it?

Coming, all is clear, no doubt about it.

Going, all is clear

, without a doubt.

What, then, is it all?

- Hosshin

What if this was your last 24 hours, how would you live it?  A real question that you should ask yourself daily.  Why would you want to ask yourself this question you may ask?  Because it very well may be your last 24 hours.   None of us know exactly when the end is coming.  It could be years, months, days, hours, or minutes.  We just don’t know.  It is not morbid or depressing to contemplate your last day.  It is liberating. 

Everything is impermanent

The nature of our mind is that it likes to cling.  To cling to the past and future when all we ever have is the present moment. Within the present moment, we can realize that nothing lasts.  All things, places, people, other species, our planet, the sun, etc.  Everything is impermanent.  If you want to get a little deeper; on a cellular, molecular, and atomic level, everything is in a constant state of change.  The electrons of atoms continually phase in and out of existence.     

The importance of being earnest about impermanence

When you accept that nothing lasts you can free yourself from resentments.  Ponder this for a moment.  Every single person who reads this will someday be dead.  Every person you know will eventually be gone.  Every single person who is currently living on this planet will eventually cease to exist.  Knowing that, how can you quarrel?  All the petty resentments you may cling to will stop when you stop.  Knowing that, why should you hold on to them now?

 

Mindfulness Exercises

Here are some helpful mindfulness exercises that will assist you through the contemplation of impermanence.

  • During your morning routine establish the habit of asking yourself if this is the last 24 hours of my life how will I live it?  Will you do and accomplish the things that help you achieve a greater life?  Will you spend enough time with your family and friends?  Will you be considerate and kind to others even the ones you don’t know or will you be trapped in yourself?  A prisoner of your ego?

 

  • Establish the habit of checking in with yourself a couple of times during the day and examine the last hour as if it was your last hour and now you are no more.  Ask yourself, were you satisfied with that time?  

Increase self-sensing and self-knowledge.  Increase the ability to master yourself.  It will sharpen the mind machine which is usually running rampantly wild.

How important is to establish these rituals.  Read some testimonials from cancer patients who knew the end was soon.

 

Until Next Week,

Rich Decker

Mindful Accord