What do you want to do before you die? The purpose of a bucket list is to itemize the most important things we want to do before we die. It is an invitation to identify the kinds of experiences we value the most. In one sense, the exercise of creating a personal bucket list may provide the inspiration to reach out and inject new and exciting experiences into our lives. In a different sense, a bucket list may provide a way to avoid the regret that can occur when we feel as though time has passed us by.
The Buried Life is a hauntingly beautiful poem written by Matthew Arnold in 1852. The dynamic of the poem centres on the transformation of a “nameless sadness” into the “winding murmur” of “life’s flow.” The Buried Life offers remarkable poetic insight into a profound change in the secret world of our inner identity, meaning, and […][Continue reading]
From the first breath we take in life through to the last, breathing is our most intimate connection with the mystery and beauty of natural world. The idea of breathing across time symbolizes deep belonging and primal participation with the natural flow of life. However, breathing often remains hidden from our awareness, and we can […][Continue reading]
A midlife crisis occurs when we become overwhelmed by the fierce realization of our own mortality. Aging eventually requires each one of us to vacate our youth. In a certain sense, we are pursued by a feeling of homelessness in midlife. As we begin to sense a loss of resilience in our body, our mind […][Continue reading]
The midlife passage is one of the great thresholds in life. It is a period of intense personal transformation marked by the passing of youth coupled with a growing awareness of our own mortality. James Hollis describes this period of time as the middle passage, in which we move from misery to meaning. How does […][Continue reading]