Tips for Dealing with Death

Impermanence Is in Sight

With true impermanence or anicca (Pali), we do not know for sure what is coming. We learn to expect inconstancy. Yes, logically, as I grow older, there will be changes that will restrict my vision or mobility. Are those negative changes? My doctor described this as an improvement in my eyesight. That sounds good. Yet, if I cling to the view that this is good, what happens the next time my eyesight changes?

Making Friends with Death: An Interview with Margaret Meloni

The plans you have made for your week, your month, your year – all of this is built on a perception of control, and an illusion of certainty. Yet, plans help us navigate our lives. Keep making plans, and as you do, acknowledge that there will be impermanence. Some of your plans, or elements of your plans will die. And when this happens, call it death. Remind yourself, that this is a type of death. Now, you are living with death.

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