Memento Mori - Remember thou art mortal.
Pondering one's own death can be quite beneficial, it enables us to treasure our lives. Death is as natural as birth, but we don't want to think about our mortality. Accepting that we only have a certain amount of days left to live reminds us that we must make the most out of each day and we become more likely to make better decisions. How many more full moons will you get to see? Be courageous when you confront the face of death. Your life perspective shapes your reality. Happiness is a choice. "Every man has two lives, and the second one starts when he realizes he only has one." (Confucius)
In life we often experience despair, hopelessness, depression and anxiety. These emotions prevents us from being the best version of ourselves. Always remember, that although life is full of catastrophes, tragedies, and malevolence, there is something about the human spirit that allows us to survive and transcend ourselves so that we may lead a noble life. These experiences are only temporary and a challenge to test your mettle. We must think of despair as a learning experience and thereby triumph over hopelessness. Gambatte (keep going).
Hope conquers despair. Picture yourself driving on a treacherous mountain road in foul stormy weather.
The road is winding and slippery. You have a choice regarding what perspective you will take. You could concentrate on the thought that you are going to skid off the road and drop to your painful death. On the other hand, you can hope that everything will be ok, and have faith in the fact that if you slow down and drive carefully you will get home in safely.
Amor Fati (Embrace your fate)
The practice of meditation can create remarkable changes in your life. It can improve your level of awareness, increase your level of attention, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, and lessen cognitive decline. There are many methods of meditation just as there are many different styles of music, dance and art.
Here are three that I practice:
This meditation technique is based upon trying to quiet what Buddhists call your "monkey mind" or "wandering mind" It's usually done sitting in a comfortable position while concentrating on your breathing. You observe your thoughts bu you don't linger on them. You are seeking to understand your true nature. Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself leads to the path to enlightenment.
This type of meditation is advocated by the Stoic Philosophers, such as Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius was an emperor of Rome who could have had anything in life, but instead chose a virtuous manner of living. The Stoic practitioner reflects upon his actions at the end of each and every day. He asks himself "Did I accomplish everything I set out to do that day?" If something went wrong, what can I do to mend it and how can I learn from the mistakes I might have made that day?". He asks himself "What can I do to improve tomorrow in order to move onward and upward?" If he has accomplished all he could that day, then it is time to go home, relax, rest and have a peaceful night's sleep. He does not ponder on things that are not in his control..
Nothing gives a person more pleasure than the bonds forged between good true friends. Their presence soothes our minds, reduces our anxiety and their opinions help shape our decisions adding joy and comfort to our lives. Their encouragement keeps us going even through our darkest times.
CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY.
About the Author:
CEO of CPI Investigations, NY and a life long Martial Artist.