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Saturday, July 24, 2010

There is no so-called right way to die. Free yourself of all wishes, hopes, expectations of a particular kind of death--a good death, a peaceful death. Such images only serve to increase, not allay, anxiety. What happens if, when the time comes, dying does not unfold the way you expect? Visions of a good death banish one from his or her own heart.

There is a quiet, imperceptible dying in each moment. We typically don't have any expectations regarding the ending of this moment, or the next, or the one after that. Death is just the next moment. Are you here now?

morning birdsong
my eyelids grow heavy again
morning birdsong

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