Acceptance

The art of acceptance is a core discipline in the second half of life. Acceptance does not mean resignation, giving up, or giving in; it is a courageous act of turning into the midst of difficult encounters that originate in the natural course of aging. As we move through the last half of life we gradually become more and more intimate with vulnerability. Each human life is unique in this respect. Each one of us carries a narrative of engagement with the sometimes difficult terrain that we must find our way through. Acceptance is the capacity to creatively engage with the inevitable difficulties of life, to walk directly into the midst of our vulnerabilities in order to find the possibilities for living that are often hidden behind our uncertainty.
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The Place of Our Death

The place of our death is the precise location of our final breath in life; the point at which we were “last alive.” A death site is filled with the quality of reverence and resonates with the echo of our disappearance as well as the numinous vibration of our continuing significance in the hearts and […]

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The Time of Our Death

We are only here for a moment. Our time here is circumscribed by birth and death. The time of our birth, our birthday, is established in the past as chronological fact. However, the time of our death, our “deathday,” remains shrouded behind the impenetrable mystery and secrecy of the future. Death reminds us that our […]

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Our Fear of Death

Death is the essence of impermanence. Our fear of death is the source of our deepest insecurities. Every human life is permeated with the profound sense of uncertainty that originates in death. In an important sense, death is our constant companion in life; it is our most trusted advisor and the underlying ground of wisdom. […]

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The Faces of Your Own Death

A Conversation with Death

Death is the essence of human vulnerability. To explore the faces of your own death is to embark on an adventure into the midst of our own disappearance. Along the way we will encounter various emotional predators including fear, insecurity, anxiety, dread, and terror. However, a conversation with death also inspires awe, reverence, fascination, curiosity, […]

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