Death Meditation V

Daily Meditation — 5/18/2022

You live in a state of denial.
Denial about the incredible fragility of your body, the vessel your soul is carried around in.

Not long ago, the world was in a frantic uproar, and anyone’s sneeze was viewed as if it were a potential murder suspect.

And you and everyone else cowered before the invisible foe.

We treat death as if it were some horrible arch-nemesis. Some God that wishes us ill and waits to hurt us at any moment.

While it is true, Death is around every corner and hanging upon every minute, it isn’t a God.

Death isn’t a nemesis.

Death means no ill, and isn’t good or bad.

Death is just…Death.

So quickly do we shush the voice of our mind as we lay sleepless in the jet black hours of the night, fleeting thoughts of ourselves, our parents, our spouses, or our children dying.

We silence that primordial voice which is simply trying to remind you;
Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Each breath your child or your lover or your old, stooped parents take in could be a breath ridden with disease.

That’s life.

No matter how many vegetables you eat, how much you meditate, how many miles you run every day, or how many vitamins and drugs you take, death can always reap you.

You must become comfortable with death and dying.

People are afraid of death because they procrastinate.
“I’ve still got plenty of time!” you lie to yourself between bites of bacon with beer.
And you tell yourself this lie, too, about your loved ones.

Then, one day when you get the call and your mother, father, child, or lover are just gone, you feel such unbelievable regret. You feel robbed because the time you believed you had…well, you procrastinated it away.

And now they’re gone.

You’ll never hear them laugh again.
Never see the light in their eyes again.
Never will hold their hands again…

So, enjoy the time with them now.

Meditate deeply on death. Stop recoiling away from the thought of it as if it were some disgusting, open wound.

It is inevitable.

Appreciate and respect death, and enjoy the time you’ve got.

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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”

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Lucas A. Davidson

Lucas A. Davidson

Born and raised a Yooper, I write daily philosophical meditations on Eudaimonia. These are distillations from my book on the topic!