Following the turbulence of the last few days (brought on by a death in my family and the awareness of my inadequate self-care), it’s good to hear John O’Donohue (1956-2008):
“If you really live your life to the full, death will never have power over you. It will never seem like a destructive, negative event. It can become, for you, the moment of release into the deepest treasures of your own nature; it can be your full entry into the temple of your soul.
If you are able let go of things, you learn to die spiritually in little ways during your life. When you learn to let go of things, a greater generosity, openness, and breath comes into your life. Imagine this letting go multiplied a thousand times at the moment of your death. That release can bring you a completely new divine belonging.”
source: O’Donohue, J. (1997). Anam Cara: a book of Celtic wisdom. HarperPerennial; see also a blog maintained in John’s memory; photo: taken by Ann C. on Bowen Island, British Columbia.