Getting to Know Death!

Getting to Know Death!

In honor of Halloween, I decided to get to know Death a little bit better. Rather than jumping into a whole new relationship with Death, I decided to slow things down by just flirting with it. Here are my top five pick-up lines so far…

1. So, this is not your first funeral, is it?!

2. What a beautiful black cloak! How do you keep it so tidy and clean around all of this soot and smoke?

3. Did you make that beautiful staff; all by yourself?

4. It really has been delightful lurking around with you!!

5. What is stoking the fire in those beautiful red eyes?

16 Responses to “Getting to Know Death!”

  1. on 19 Nov 2018 at 3:23 pm Betty

    Welcome, Venusrising and thanks for the reminder!

  2. on 19 Nov 2018 at 3:10 pm Keshav Howe

    Yeah. Perhaps, freedom is, at the very least, just a conscious breath away.

  3. on 18 Nov 2018 at 9:31 pm venusrising

    Every night when I lay down to sleep , I take one big breath and let it out long and slow so that it seems like my last breath. I sleep well.

  4. on 13 Nov 2018 at 12:10 pm Keshav Howe

    Doing nothing leads to the very best something! — Winnie the Pooh

  5. on 13 Nov 2018 at 8:01 am Diane

    Funny how death motivates one to “do it now”….such a powerful advisor!

  6. on 12 Nov 2018 at 8:13 am Keshav Howe

    Death is calling for us to cherish every precious moment of Life.
     
    Birth is begging us to come to terms with the interplay of nothing and something.
     
    Now is the only time there is.

  7. on 07 Nov 2018 at 5:13 am missy

    Relating to the line: the quiet space between thoughts is death – well of course because of Time it no longer exists as do the thoughts once they’ve come, and gone, but I’d rather spend time in that stillness with quiet space then with the thoughts surrounding it ~ so much more peaceful. Namaste.

  8. on 03 Nov 2018 at 2:30 pm Betty

    The idea that I can “walk away from presence” is telling. It says that I believe it is a destination and not a permanent state of being. It exposes the fact that I live in the belief that I am a separate self, that can take excursions into presence. When I believe that “engaging in life through a personal perspective” is my baseline, instead of remembering that the mortal “me” is existing within the permanent immortal being. I think taking frequent reality breaks is a good way keep my real identity in mind. Community Share, weekly drumming group, one-on-one sessions and the Advanced Healing Group, as well as reading from “An Unfiltered Life” contribute to that end. I find a great wake up call is when I feel the energy of dissonance.

  9. on 02 Nov 2018 at 11:56 am sasanijjs

    Sitting in stillness during last nights session was a powerful reminder why death is a space to be desired rather than something that will bring pain. I have yet to fall into a space of stillness where I said “man this is painful.”

    That space of death is so incredibly supportive and all loving. The more I commit to that space, the less living a life of separation makes sense. It is so true Keshav that if we truly desire peace why not commit to it. Peace is always there in death. Welcome home

  10. on 02 Nov 2018 at 7:22 am Diane

    Thinking about the past and worrying about the future are ways that I avoid dying to each moment. It prevents me from using the powerful advisor of death. An avoidance tactic mind uses to stay alive and in chaos. And from embracing the present moment. Freaking death for me often manifests in actually fearing life. Past and present obsession are ways I avoid life in the moment. Hanging on to the past keeps it alive and doesn’t allow it to die.

  11. on 01 Nov 2018 at 4:10 pm Keshav Howe

    The vibrant interplay of birth and death is right in plain view.
     
    I am keenly aware of the value of keeping my (literal and metaphorical) eyes wide open.
     
    Clearly, that "Dance of Life" becomes problematic when filtered through a personal perspective. When attention is undivided, and fully present; it is very clear that the perceptual filters need changing. We can only do that when we are both aware of, and open, to them. 
     
    If I say that I value living a life of peace, why would I choose to continue to be distracted by the call to bear arms (or, arm bears). 
     

    If we really do value peace, we can and will find it everywhere, all the time.

     
    Engaging  in life while attention is open and rooted in a silence, for just a few moments (without a perspective or point of view), reveals an abject Peace that is both dynamic and still. Nothing to protect or defend. Everything to embrace and share!
     
    That Peace is always here. Going to war with Life or it's content is a living Hell.
     
    Along those lines, it behooves me (or who I think, or believe I am) to make sure that how I live this life is in alignment with the peace that I profess to value.
    Do we dare to profess a desire for peace – for all!
     
    And, how committed are we to living our lives as a reflection of that commitment. The salient question is "how do I overlook the peace that I value."
  12. on 01 Nov 2018 at 9:15 am ceejaypea

    The ‘purpose’ of all of Creation seems to be death – talk about Oneness. Namaste.

  13. on 01 Nov 2018 at 9:10 am ceejaypea

    Since we are dying from the moment we are ‘born’, Death as an ally maintains the intent of a good one. Namaste.

  14. on 31 Oct 2018 at 5:22 pm Betty

    Death is too precious to be taken seriously!

  15. on 31 Oct 2018 at 4:00 pm Keshav Howe

    A teacher of mine pointed out that Death was my greatest advisor.
     
    To me, that simple, but inconvenient truth, has really blossomed into an ongoing and open invitation; to take a time out from engaging in life through a personal perspective. Just because.
     
    Is that not Death? In a quiet moment in the space between thoughts…
    No one to be, and nowhere to go…
     
    Maybe a little scary, but, also, kind of ironic. Even, quite funny.
     
    You know: A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer water down your pants!

  16. on 31 Oct 2018 at 1:32 pm Lori

    Keshav, great lines. Keep them coming. My favorite is #1.

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