Probably the main theme of the book is about people who are afraid. Presumably they’re afraid of dying, and the result is that they’re afraid of living. Meanwhile, a teenage girl who has good reason to be afraid encounters these people who are afraid of life, and eventually realizes that a fear of life is no way to live. Despite a horrific thing that has happened in her recent past, she makes a conscious decision to live her life.
“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.”
As a guy who’s been unconscious seven times I like this, “You have one life” quote. Take it from me, when your lights go out, one of the main thoughts you’ll have is, “I wish I had done <fill in the blank>.”
(The quote appears to be by Beardsley Jones, and the image was put together by tinybuddha.com.)
From Mozilla Pocket, The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, and if climate changes don’t kill you, If you want to live forever, flush out your zombie (senescent) cells.
“No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.” ~ Seneca
“There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself, it will be gone and never return.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
“You’ve got to be real. Don't be a phony. Find ‘you,’ who you are ... Say, ‘Here I am. Take me for what I am with all my frailties, all my stupidity, and so on. And if you can’t, leave me alone.’”
~ Leo Buscaglia in the book, Living, Loving, & Learning
People who haven’t been seriously sick before have a different set of priorities than I do. I remember eight years when I went on a yoga retreat in Mexico, a young girl boasted that she had read one book a day while we were on retreat. I didn’t say anything to her, but I thought, “Well, I laid on the beach, swam in the ocean, walked through a cemetery, went off the grid and ate some funky food at some out of the way restaurants, drank tequila in the town square every night with the locals, and learned a little Spanish.”
Neither way is necessarily good or bad, just different.
Jack London’s credo, which I like very much. (I don’t know who first created this image, but I saw it on this Twitter page.)
I thought this was an unusual Q&A on LionsRoar.com, but the more I thought about it, it may be helpful to people trying to understand mindfulness, impermanence, life, and death, so I thought I’d share it.
FWIW, I went through the near-death experience several times last spring, and this quote from the article pretty much sums up my feelings these days:
Whenever I get nervous about anything these days I say to myself, “What’s the worst that’s going to happen, I’m going to die again? Been there, done that.”
An interesting image I saw on a friend's Facebook page, with these "rules":
- You will receive a body.
- You will learn lessons.
- There are no mistakes, only lessons.
- A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
- Learning lessons does not end.
- 'There' is no better than 'here'.
- Others are merely mirrors of you.
- What you make of your life is up to you.
- The answers lie inside of you.