The Tragedy & Liberation of Death

Sep 16, 2021

By Leo Babauta

Last week, my brother was hit by an inconceivable disaster: he shed his 3-month-old baby Tyler.

I'm still in shock as well as broken heart, concerning terms with it. My heart is made him, for every one of our family members, as well as for this dreadful loss.

I really did not know Tyler, however as I start to refine this loss, I begin to feel the loss of the future we will not reach have together. Playing with each other, reviewing to him, riding bikes, tossing a round around, having uncle-nephew talks out in nature. Celebrating his victories and also his life. I mourn the nephew I didn't reach have.

As well as of course, it makes me appreciate the nephews and also neices I do have. I have actually been considering every one of them, grateful that I have actually obtained numerous good minutes with every one of them. Tyler will certainly be in my heart each time I obtain the present of another minute with a loved one.

This unexpected loss has actually obtained me to encounter my own fatality today. I understand it is coming, simply not when. I hardly ever think of it, because life is so in-my-face, yet it's there, waiting. Tyler's death is such a plain pointer that we never ever recognize how much time we have actually left.

I've been considering this quote from a revered Zen educator:

"From the viewpoint of several wisdom practices fatality is seen as the supreme moment for the total freedom of the mind from all complications, all griefs and all separateness." ~ Joan Halifax

And there is something liberating about this for me.

When I die, I will no longer picture myself as separate from the globe.

I will certainly no longer envision that I'm somehow poor. Neither worry about all the fears that come from that idea of inadequacy.

At the moment of fatality, I will instantly no more try to regulate others, or burden myself with my judgments of others.

This is undeniable. As well as if it holds true ... why can't I simply release those things right now? Why waste time with attempting to manage or judge others, with worrying about whether I'm inadequate, with insisting on my separation from everything else? All of it takes so much energy.

Why not simply cost-free myself of these points today, instead of waiting on the minute of fatality?

When I have actually been contemplating fatality today ... this liberation has actually taken place for me.

What a minute of complete freedom as well as joyfulness!

Thank you Tyler. I like you and also will hold you in my heart.

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