I recently sent this quote to a friend…. “I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love, and a little drunk.” ? Atticus
His response was “Love the sentiment, but eternal means never born and never dying.” He is very much into being an Eternal Being.
I think we can “die” in many ways…. I feel like I have died 3 times in the last 3 years. It has been a period of immense change yet powerful re-stabilization and growth.
The rebirth is exhilarating + confusing. The Curse of the Phoenix; a constant cycle of death and rebirth – what else could I expect! But I have found that many people are faced with rising from their own ashes following personal setbacks or loss. It’s the rising up, not just getting through that creates inner strength and cultivates brilliance!
The French term for orgasm is “la petit mort” or “the little death”. Also referring to “the brief loss or weakening of consciousness”.
We can all die in many ways…. and in rebirth we recreate ourselves each time. Death and rebirth can happen in our spiritual lives, romantic encounters, financial endeavors and career pursuits.
I would never tell you to chase it or embrace it unless it feels right for you. I can only say that it has been both terrifying and miraculous for me 🙂
Follow your heart. Listen to your soul. And maybe just let go of “what is” and open up to what can be – particularly if you’re one of those people who hangs on tightly. Check in and see if “what is” is still serving you? This can be hard. We like to cling to things and hope that they will continue to serve us, forever. We like to hold on to what is; even when unpleasant, it feels stable and known and therefore safe.
But death and rebirth, endings and new beginnings are natural cycles of life, even as we drift off to sleep only to awake renewed and revitalized (rebirthed) the next day. In yoga, this is the way we seal our practice – Shavasana. Maybe, let go and unhook just a little. It’s this letting go that creates space you to live more fully. Allow an ending to unfold without judging it or fighting it and then just stand and wait to feel the fresh breeze of an inevitable new beginning.