Death Meditation

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.

Skullclose.jpgI mentioned yesterday some of the antidotes to not wanting to do what needs to be done to get the results you want.

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.



Scientific Name:  Matricaria recutita.  Other chamomiles, i.e. Anthemis sp.,  have similar properties and can be used interchangeably.

Properties:  Good anti-inflammatory.  Sedative.  Do not underestimate this herb!

Preparation:  1teaspoon to 1Tablespoon per cup water as needed.  My teacher told me it would get bitter if steeped longer, but not necessarily stronger.  The entire above ground portion of the plant can be used.
chamomile flowersActions and Uses: 
Stimulates digestion and relaxes stomach muscles.  It lowers flatulence and is good with gastritis after heavy drinking.  It is an extremely nice anti-inflammatory for the stomach and duodenum.  Can be used as an enema for colitis.  Use five to fifteen cups of tea a day to get rid of ulcers.

Chamomile calms the mind and may help some fall asleep.  Excellent for calming children and colicky babies.  It is good for light to moderate pain, but don’t expect dramatic short term effects.

This is the best remedy for swollen eyes.  Use chamomile tea bags as a poultice directly on the eyes.

Can also be used topically to reduce inflammation and associated pain.

Contraindications:  May be a uterine stimulant.

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