As some of you may know my father's health is declining at a faster pace then he cares to deal with. He is afraid to die. It's not just the physical part of death that he fears. It is the "what happens then?" part of it that bothers him even more. Grandma, his mother, used to tell me as a child that if I welcomed Death there would be nothing to fear. Being that little I believed every word that came out of her mouth. I am grateful I did. I have no fear of death. In her words... "it is harder to live than it is to die". In today's world this is very true. Between the chaos and the pain sometimes it is harder to hang on and truly try to live than it would be to simply let go and die.
She also instilled in me at an early age to embrace life and live it fully. That didn't mean for me to be foolish and do something that would hurt me just for the sake of doing it. No there were limits that she placed around me in order to make me 'reason life out'. This is where I first started learning to respond instead of react.
So how do we get to the point of accepting death as simply part of life? The first step is to accept who we are as we are. We truly are exactly where we are supposed to be at any given second within our lives. Each second offers us a new opportunity to explore life and learn from each part of our Journey.
Life through Death...
I feel as if I've sat here forever
waiting for my life to be over.
How much of Life have I missed
because I was afraid to die?
I can't rush the inevitable
I can't see the end
I can't ask God to take me just
because I'm afraid to die.
Suicide's not the answer.
That only brings darkness
not the Light of understanding
so I wouldn't be afraid to die.
So with open arms I embrace my fears.
With an open heart I welcome Death.
Does this mean I'll be leaving now?
No, it means I can start to live.
created by Dawn Ellen Kiss
copyright September 2010
It has been said that what we fear ... we destroy. This is so true. It can also be said that if those fears are left unchecked they can destroy us. By fearing death so strongly we give all of our energy to the fear itself and leave nothing left to live life with. So we destroy our own lives long before it is time to die. How many times have you heard me say "I choose to live". This is the reason why... Fear cripples. The strength and courage to embrace our fears brings us our Freedom to live life fully. Embrace life by embracing death. Death itself will happen eventually. If you can accept it now you have just opened the door to a beautiful life. There is nothing standing in your way....no thing...no fear. The other thing Grandma taught me with this lesson was "it's a good day to die" because I lived so completely... no regrets... no what ifs, because I lived from my heart. Every day should be a good day to die. Make it so by Celebrating Life. Many blessings to each of you for you to see the beauty in Life and the Freedom of Death. May this understanding open the doorway for Miracles to come to you.
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