speaker, coach, consultant

We have to die before we die

"Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” -- Mahatma Gandhi


In old age there’s a deep gratitude, particularly as we approach death.


Before then, there’s immense striving -- normally trying to live up to a false ideal or a model of how society expects us to be.


But, as I’ve written about before, imagine a life of simplicity, kindness and an acceptance of what is.


Too many people confuse the message and assume that what is, means resignation to a life of poverty. But it’s anything but.


In truth, as I know too well, before we can experience the true meaning of life -- to be at one with nothing and everything -- we have to die. Or at least let go of what we think makes us whole -- success is not defined by status, money or wanting more.


Wind the clock back to your early childhood. There was nothing but the moment.


Now?


You try to control everything in the pursuit of what? Retirement. Good luck with that one.


In my work, the message is clear: the earlier you can drop the past, the quicker you will find your place in the Universe. Cling on and my fear is you’ll be waiting a very long time before you’re at peace with who you really are.