“Life, it all goes by so fast.”
This is a phrase that is said ubiquitously by people across race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, you name it. When you hear something this common – something is telling us to listen.
Why do we lose sight that life is so temporary? Some might say that we have a fear of death so we block it out of our minds, and without the awareness of death we lose sight of the preciousness of life. Others might say we just get caught up in our daily routines and stop seeing or pondering this miracle of life.
Whatever the reason, we know it happens and it may take a death or a birth to remind us of the preciousness of life.
Here is a process I created and did a national research study around to help us cultivate more of these meaningful moments.
Doing a practice like this for five minutes a day may also help you notice moments such as this in your daily life and change your relationship to the moment from a routine moment to a more meaningful moment. Author Stephen Levine said, “If you had a year to live what would you do, who would you call, what would you say and why are you waiting?” You can also change this to an hour.
As always, please don’t take my word for engaging in this practice, try it out for yourself. Notice any pre-judgments such as “this is silly, this can’t work for me.” Try and set them aside and then re-engage with the practice. See what comes up for you. Let your experience guide you, not your snap judgments.
If you’re going to be around this Wednesday, don’t miss the Free Live Webinar 7 Steps to a Stress-Less Brain.
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Last reviewed: 16 Jul 2012