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Embracing the Circle of Life: Why How We Live Matters When Faced with Death

Introduction:
Life can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from joy and celebration to grief and loss. But one thing that remains constant is the fact that death is a natural part of the journey. We will all find ourselves there, whether we like it or not. Understanding the connection between how we live and how we die can offer us valuable insights into the importance of living with intention and mindfulness. By embracing this truth, we can navigate life’s challenges with grace and dignity.

The Connection between Life and Death:
Life and death go hand in hand – it’s the circle of life, just like in that Lion King song. How we live our lives can have a big impact on how we approach death and how we’re remembered after we’re gone. Living with love, kindness, and compassion not only enriches our own lives but leaves a lasting legacy that can bring comfort to those who mourn our loss.

As we trek through the ups and downs of life, it’s important to remember that death is just another part of the journey. Embracing this reality can help us appreciate each moment and the beauty of impermanence. By understanding that everything is connected, we can find peace in knowing that our actions and choices have a ripple effect on the world, shaping our journey in both life and death.

Facing Grief and Loss:
Grief and loss are tough pills to swallow, no doubt about it. Losing someone we care about can feel like a gut punch, leaving us feeling lost and broken. But it’s crucial to understand that grief is a natural response to loss, and it’s okay to feel all the emotions as we navigate through the pain. Yesterday, the reality of death came to me in an unexpected way. A client, who was doing so well, just left this earth plane. The reality struck me when I had to click the deceased button on my client management software. I felt grief!

Image of a CRM system with the deceased box checked

During these dark times of grief, it’s important to lean on our support systems and find solace in rituals that honour our loved ones. By allowing ourselves to feel our emotions and express them in healthy ways, we can start to heal and find a sense of peace amidst the sorrow. Grief is a journey that takes time and patience, but with the love and support of others, we can come out on the other side stronger and wiser.

For those of us who have lost family members solace can come from creating an ancestor altar. A place where you can place a photograph, light a candle and remember them. For if it wasn’t for them you wouldn’t be here.

“An ancestor altar, often referred to as a family shrine or a shrine to the ancestors, is a sacred space created to honour and pay respects to deceased relatives and ancestors. It is a tradition in many cultures around the world, including African, Asian, Indigenous, and Pagan traditions.

The ancestor altar typically includes items such as photographs of deceased family members, candles, incense, flowers, and offerings such as food and drink. These offerings are meant to nourish and show gratitude to the spirits of the ancestors. The altar is often placed in a prominent location within the home, such as a living room or a dedicated room, and is treated with reverence and respect.

People may use the ancestor altar for various purposes, including seeking guidance, protection, and blessings from their ancestors, as well as fostering a sense of connection to their familial roots and heritage. It serves as a tangible and spiritual reminder of the presence and influence of those who came before us.”

 

Embracing Enlightenment and Liberation:
In the face of death and loss, we have a chance to find deeper enlightenment and liberation. By acknowledging the impermanence of life and the connections that exist between all things, we can rise above our ego and embrace a broader understanding of our place in the grand scheme of things. This change in perspective can free us from the chains of fear and attachment, allowing us to live more fully and in the moment.

Enlightenment isn’t some far-off destination; it’s a continuous journey of growth and self-discovery. By practicing mindfulness and compassion, we can find peace in the chaos and wisdom in the uncertainty. With the light, changes and energetic upgrades that are affecting the planet and humanity it has never been easier to find the light and reach enlightenment. Through activities like meditation and self-reflection, we can deepen our understanding of life’s interconnectedness and develop a sense of gratitude for the gift of each day.

The Importance of Living Mindfully:
Living mindfully means being present in the moment, taking note of our thoughts and actions. By living with mindfulness, we can enjoy each experience and find joy in the little things that make up life. Living with purpose and intention can help us create a life that’s truly fulfilling and meaningful, not just for us but for those around us as well.

Mindfulness can be a lifeline during tough times, helping us weather the storms with grace and strength. When we live mindfully, we’re better equipped to face the uncertainties of the future and accept the reality of death with courage and openness.

Embracing the Journey of Life and Death:
Life is like a rollercoaster, full of twists and turns, ups and downs. Every experience we have, whether it’s joyful or heartbreaking, shapes who we are and the path we take. By embracing all of life’s experiences, we can find purpose and strength in the face of adversity and vulnerability.

As we journey through life, it’s important to remember that death isn’t the end but a new beginning. By living with authenticity and integrity, we leave behind a legacy that will endure long after we’re gone. How we live is how we die, and by facing life with courage and compassion, we can embark on the journey of life and death with dignity and peace.

Conclusion:
Life is a wild ride, full of surprises and challenges. But one thing’s for sure – death is a natural part of the journey. By understanding the connection between how we live and how we die, we can approach life with more intention and mindfulness. Embracing this truth can help us navigate the ups and downs with grace and dignity, leaving behind a legacy that honours our time on this earth.

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