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The Desire for Existence

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2006-02-28
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Hold the fact that your life will end, not as an abstraction, but as an approaching reality. You live as if you expect to live, but is that true? When you hold the truth of your death do you become more alive, afraid, or both? What are you afraid of losing? Notice how you perpetuate what you are afraid of losing in perpetuity—a life without end. During one of your meditations, sit with your mortality and ask, “If this were my last breath, how would I breathe it? If this were my last thought, emotion, physical sensation, how would I hold it? If this were my last meditation, how would I approach it? Notice a quality of appreciation arising that is not there when you take life for granted.

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