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Just live today. Just live one hour. This prayer helps me to pay attention and gratitude flows through me and all around me.
Knowing mortal brings in strong awareness of the present moment as next moment may not be there for me. I cant postpone cherishing what I have until tomorrow. I don’t have time to keep mourning about what happened before and don’t want to be overwhelmed by what may come in future. So much thankful and happy I feel for the present moment.
Knowing that I am mortar makes me aware that our time being alive is limited. I am noticing that as I get older time goes by quicker. Try to appreciate my life for what I am experiencing, cherish everything and experience and live each day to its fullest and love and be.grateful.
Being moral to me means having goodness and doing right by others! So that deepens my sense of gratitude as it seems goodness, right by others and gratitude just all goes together to live a life steeped in deep gratefulness.
I made a decision to quit thinking about it, and stop trying to define it.
Just experience it. We will all be there, everything is love.
The realization and awareness of mortality itself. This expanded awareness walks with gratefulness. The greater the awareness, the deeper the gratefulness.
Being mortal allows me to be grateful for each day I spend on earth in such a way that I use every moment wisely.
I see there is a limited amount of time to perceive the world by this body. I choose how I look at the world. I could say everything is sad, ugly, stupid and so on. But I could also use the time to see the world as a manifestation of the divine of which i am a part of. I can make myself happy or unhappy. This depends mainly on how I look At the world.
I don’t have the experience of being immortal, so I can’t really say! I don’t have anything to compare mortality with..
When I pause to recognize that each day is a gift and the next moment is not guaranteed I can appreciate the days and moments I’ve already lived and the ones I’m living right now. In the ordinary everydayness I’m not always directly conscious of this, but I know I have only an unknown number of days and moments left.After reading this question and leaving it to sink in for a few minutes I read a piece I’ll share that serendipitously fits this question. It was genuinely the next tab over on my device-something I had opened and hadn’t yet gotten around to reading https://www.celebratewhatsright.com/article/2022/06/10/art-leaving-0. It ends with this: “What causes and people do you wish to forever serve? With what result? Why? I find it essential that we keep asking as our ages and answers shift. It deepens our celebration of this moment, to ask and answer together. Merely by asking we serve the ones to come, and in that service our joy lives, and joy serves us now without one tick of delay.”
The day I real-a-lized (gut reality) that life is trustworthy and wants to teach me was a blessed day and that awareness filled me with a sense of gratefulness and gratefulness enhanced my ability to see every circumstance as a situation not a problem. Br. David teaches that gratefulness opens the door to opportunity. I often pray for the wisdom to see with new eyes, to take every situation as an opportunity to learn, a willingness to accept my mortal vulnerability, knowing and trusting I will be shown a way.
Approaching this reflection from “WORD FOR THE DAY’–
“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”” -Rachel Carson
And then keeping it in mind– appreciation, awe magnified, slowly to take it all in and to look for opportunities for compassion and kindness and …
Mortality sharpens my awareness of each day’s ordinary joys – laughter, health, a conversation with a friend, connecting with my kids. None of it appears to be special because I assume that there will be more ordinary joys tomorrow, next week, or next month. But, remove that assumption and the sweetness of each day soars, along with my gratitude.
I no longer slept, I drew up my spirit and gazed upon the vitality of life.
Breathing deeply into the Hara, every day I’m actively engaged in the process of staying alive. Every meal is a thanksgiving, each insulin injection (as many as 6 a day) a prayer
‘abdomen’ says wikipedia – good plan. My Kundalini Yoga zoom class starts in 17 min, and we’ll do lots of ‘breath of fire’ 🙂 Warm wishes for your health
Each day that I wake up and am still here is a gift. I have had the privilege of living into my 70s. My dad died young from cancer, so I am ever-aware of that privilege. The question of Mary Oliver is ever with me … Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
And, as Mary Oliver also says, “You do not have to be good”
“It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death.”
— Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul
Being mortal means we’re alive, and won’t be forever. My existence is a privilege and I have but once chance to see, feel, and hear this glorious one of a kind day that shall not come again. Today’s a masterpiece for me to paint upon my heart.
I loved every word, especially “Today’s a masterpiece for me to paint on my heart.”
Thank you for your kind words, Lee Anne.
I am practicing being grateful every day. The fact that I am mortal really makes no difference.
If I really sit and think about my mortality, I cannot help but be grateful. My body functions well, so long as I take care of it. My heart continues to beat, the blood flows, the feet move me around. I’m grateful for this body I’ve been given to travel around in. It has work to do while it is here (and I do not mean the job I go punch a clock for), and it also would like to be a 90-something year old surfer someday 🙂 I know this body won’t last forever, but it wasn’t meant to, despite being so perfectly designed.
I find this a difficult question to understand. Maybe because this question is not in my language.
My body is mortal, my soul is not. I am grateful that I can be an instrument for my soul that has begun this earthly journey. I am very happy when my soul can go home again.
I’ll share my answer with you, Christine! – I don’t have the experience of being immortal, so I can’t really say! I don’t have anything to compare mortality with..
It feels good that you are sharing my answer, Mica.😊😘
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