January 25, 2011

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For the devout, the atheist, and all between, talking about death brings us closer to our fear, and in doing so presents a freedom. This blog is an invitation to that freedom. Many of us spend considerable energy avoiding the topic of death. Contemporary culture, entrenched in the pursuit of youth, has little to offer us out of our denial. But here, there is no intention to “overcome” the fear. We’ll approach it, eyes wide open. Consciousness develops as we approach our questions, integrate mystery, explore forbidden territory, and even find ourselves laughing at our demons. A new perspective, likely with different implications for each of us, will emerge. Week by week, post by post we’ll get closer to our fear, and see what happens, after.

 

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  1. April 4, 2011
    Shelah said...

    At a time in life when there will certainly be more funerals than weddings,the conversation and concern becomes how you die not when you die Going to funerals becomes a social event not looked forward to… but a filling of the calendar.This is a social attitude not a personal one. shelah

  2. April 5, 2011

    I am reminded of “Four Weddings and a Funeral”- where these two ceremonies/social events collide.

    And the W.H. Auden piece:

    “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bonel, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let the aeroplanes circle, moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’. Put crepe bows ’round the white necks of the public doves, Let traffic policemen wear black, cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East, and West. My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good.”

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  3. April 28, 2011
    amie said...

    this is exciting. this blog is creating a space to acknowledge deep parts of ourselves and awaken more fully so we can feel even more alive while we are alive.
    “the tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside us while we live” from “The Preface”-Norman Cousins.

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