Yesterday I talked about the obstacles to spiritual growth or the blocks to achieving anything we really want. One of the most common roadblocks is simply “not wanting to do it”. Sometimes this concept is translated as laziness. In certain cultures, procrastination might be a good single word to describe it.
A traditional practice for this problem is a death meditation. This may seem kind of odd. How is thinking about death going to motivate one to action?!
Try it and see. Here is one of my favorite death meditations inspired by Geshe Michael Roach: DEATH MEDITATION (16 minutes)
Another simple practice is to live each day as if it were your last. If this was the last day of your life, what would you be doing?
Death meditations, put everything into a more true perspective. After all, today may be the last day of your life. Death meditation practice is about connecting to what is really important to us and putting our energy in that place. It is about taking our energy away from fretting about the past or worrying about the future. If we are dying today there is not much future to worry about.
Remember, death meditation is a practice in living life fully. Blessings to you and your practice.