Posts Tagged ‘Death’

by Glen Swartwout

According to recent research findings, “the more we actively contemplate mortality, the more we reject socially imposed goals such as wealth or fame and focus instead on personal growth or the cultivation of positive relationships.” (New Scientist magazine, issue 2887, page 38-40)

Traditionally, great value has been found in the contemplation of the “four last things”: Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement… also known as the novissima, or the newest things, as they are the newest things we have yet to fully experience in this life!



Childbirth (Photo credit: popularpatty)

Death itself is a transition from one state of life to the next, very much like birth.  In the birthing process, we go through tremendous suffering, and emerge into a world full of newness, brighter light, a whole new range of colors and dimensions.  We take our first breath, and begin feeding orally at our mother’s breasts.  What an amazing transition, with so much newness to take in, so much to learn.  At first glance, we might question the value of the suffering inherent in the process, but if we look at babies born by Cesarian section, who avoid the tremendous pressures of squeezing between the mother’s pelvic bones, we find that the stress of vaginal birth is essential in initiating the normal development of the human immune system!



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