Learning From Death

No matter how common it is, death seems to be a taboo all over the world. The main cause is probably fear. So, what can we learn from death? Let me take you on a journey and explore the reality of life.

One of the privileges of running axel g, is that my readers email me from time to time. I always enjoy to hear from you! Usually, it's questions about Buddhist monasteries and meditation practice, but some also ask for advice when life is difficult.

Once I received an email from a woman who's brother had hung himself. What would you tell someone who has been left behind such a gruesome death?

As a former suicide candidate, I'm quite used to talk about emotional pain and suffering. More so, I look at it as an opportunity to offer my insights and guidance to anyone who is in need of support. Helping people to the best of my ability, gives my life meaning.

It's deeply painful to be suicidal, just like it hurts tremendously to be left behind. Therefore, it's only natural for family members and friends to feel guilty about not having been able to prevent the suicide, for not having given more time and attention, for not having acted on the warning signs and for having underestimated the severity of the situation.

Guilt is most destructive. So, instead of bathing in it, allow the trauma and the suffering to transform into something beautiful. Consciously allow it. I encourage you to lead a more meaningful life; do what you really want and make a difference in the world. This way, one could say, the suicide is waking you up to what is truly important in life.

Facing Death

Just over a year ago a friend of mine died. Someone came running to my house after midnight, crying out that the nearly 70-year-old lady had stopped breathing. We called an ambulance and dashed over to her place, where I tried to revive her.

I gave my friend CPR for about 5-10 minutes, checked her breathing and pulse, but there were no signs of life. As I pressed my hands firmly against her chest, it sounded like lifeless rubber. That alone, has changed my perception of death.

Since that day, I know from personal experience that death is natural and real. There is no more denial on my part. I'm aware of death and reflect on it almost daily, which is a wholesome reminder of truth and reality.

At first, I resisted the idea that everyone I know, including myself, will die. While now I accept that it's a fundamental law of nature. In other words, there can't be life without death.

Life is as precious as it's short. The beauty of these insights is that you can do something meaningful with it. The opposite would be to take on a selfish outlook on life and indulge in sensual pleasures.

The day my friend passed away, death became part of my life...

Best of luck!

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