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Using Awareness of Mortality as a Support to Guide Your Life

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Inquiry:  What do you feel as you envision someone close to you being seriously ill and dying?

Personal Integration: This practice can be done alone or with a friend, lover, or counselor. Take one to five minutes or longer to contemplate and answer the question. When done with another, it is essential that the listener remains neutral and encourages you by repeating this inquiry as needed to help maintain focus.  Start off by identifying the people most important in your world and recognizing that they are going to die.   See how much you can allow the reality of this occurrence to affect your heart and mind.  Allow for the mystery, helplessness, loss, preciousness of your connection to them, fear, confusion orwhatever else is central in your experience to surface.  
 
Inquiry 2: What specific changes and or benefits can seeing the radical short-term nature of our life and its impermanence have for you? 
 
Personal Integration 2:  Follow the same instructions as above in the monologue or repeating question format.  As you deepen your realization of impermanence, can you get a glimpse of how this might affect what you value the most?  Does work still have the same value?  How does this effect your relationship to love?  How does this affect your relationship to being more in the moment?   Does this allow you to see that you have been sheltered from the real questions, and therefore it might be time to think for yourself?   Might it make sense for you to contemplate your own guidelines.  Can you seehow many authority figures have notdeeply understood  the nature of life and death, and therefore you may need to look more deeply at what you value day to day?  
 
Inquiry 3: Using impermanence as a guide, “What is most important in the way you guide or lead your life?
 
Personal Integration 3:  Follow the same instructions as above in the monologue or repeating question format.  This is the time when you get to be the highest and truest authority for yourself.   Don’t be surprised if it emphasizes a greater focus for being in the moment.  Ask yourself to take a fresh look at your life.  Allow yourself to seek your un higher intelligence and intuition to make both general and specific guidelines as to what will fulfill you.   Let yourself recognize if there is resistance or fears to new ideas, and have the courage to be outrageous, spontaneous, and even contradictory to how you have lived.  Go beyond familiarity, shame, and your normal identity.
 
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Since 1972, Humanistic Spirituality founder Robert Strock has maintained a private spiritual and therapeutic counseling practice that specializes in purposeful living, relationships, spiritual psychology, and death and dying counseling. Humanistic Spirituality provides various spiritual workshops, guided mediations, and licensed marriage family therapists and licensed social work continuing education courses. Contact us to learn how we can help you find inner peace and spiritual awareness through our counseling, or our free guided meditations, videos, audios, writings, introspective guises and more. A warm welcome from the team at Humanistic Spirituality.

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