death as a concept mention
I just found out that on my birthday this year (August 27th) there was a death festival in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, and I feel like this is confirmation from the universe that I'm going down the right road in my meditation, and my becoming friends with death and embracing its inevitability. 😊
Petrichor, that fresh aroma you can smell after the rain, is caused by a little molecule called geosmin. The name literally means "earth smell." It's produced by soil bacteria and gives an earthy flavour to beets.
Humans are extremely sensitive to this scent – much, much more sensitive than sharks are to blood. Some think we evolved that way to find fresh drinking water after droughts.
My birthday was pretty wonderful. I got to spend time with my kiddo, go out to dinner with my mother and kiddo, and I bought a few gifts for my partner (which I know isn't how birthdays are supposed to work, but I wanted to)
And I was able to meditate on death, which made it even better for the appreciation that brought.
If you meet the Buddha on the road, you are not supposed to kill him for his treasure and XP. #DeptOfZenCorrections
death as a concept
As part of my dharma practice, I've been meditating on death and the temporary nature of life and all things in it, and along with helping me to learn to let go of things, it's also helped me to come to accept death in a positive way, which given my fear of it for years is no small feat. If it's something you feel you can do, you absolutely should.
Even the evil meet with good fortune as long as their evil has yet to mature. But when it's matured, that's when they meet with evil.
Even the good meet with bad fortune as long as their good has yet to mature. But when it's matured, that's when they meet with good fortune.
- The Buddha, Dhammapada, verses 119-120
Pine Martin found in Scotland
Pine marten spotted in Kielder forest for first time in 90 years
Fearsome predator was extinct in England but Scottish relatives have crossed the border and set up home in Northumberland
Wed 15 Aug 2018 11.02 EDT
Here's my speculative dharma: if as brain science shows, human brains sync when interacting in a group, they would also sync when they are meditating together. Wouldn't they also sync if they were meditating at the same time all over the globe, connected through the internet on a meditation site like Insight Timer? And what kind of electric wave-length synchronization would be generated if millions of people meditated together at the same time all over the globe connected through the internet?
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