Comfort and the Death card
This week has been a sad one for me. Two of my dearest friends died; one today and the other a few days ago. Both had been battling illness for a while, so their deaths were not totally unexpected, but they were a blow nonetheless. So I decided to reread some things that I have written about the Death card to see what message it might provide at this time.
First, I found a couple nice quotes:
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity. — from Tao Te Ching #16
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. — Rabindranath Tagore
I also rediscovered the following insights which I had gleaned from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life.
According to the Buddha, there is no birth and no death. “Life” is just a temporary manifestation along an infinite path of existence. When we see through that illusion of death, we can begin to enjoy and appreciate life in a way that is fulfilling, meaningful, and fearless.
If you would like to read a bit more about the illusion and mystery of death, I invite you to also read a post about the death card that I wrote last year
Postscript: For anyone who has lost someone recently, I suggest the song by Escape Club called I’ll Be There.