Between Life And Death
Updated: Jun 5
by Maggie Dong
what is the difference between life and death?
life surely seems more appealing, because it’s something we believe we understand
death, on the other hand, is feared, because we don’t know what happens then
we make up various stories about what goes on after our souls leave this world
those stories may be an explanation of death, but what does it truly mean to die?
we associate death with the physical form dissolving, and the relocation of our souls in the universe
but is that really death? or is it only what we make it to be?
death isn’t a location we transfer to, or the change in form
it is a choice that can be made in any moment.
to truly die is to fully accept the unknown
not making up stories about it, nor creating cause and effect
it is to accept that you, simply, do not know
and choosing to be in the unknowing
we search for our purposes in life, even going as far as searching for the meaning of life itself
maybe some will come to a conclusion of what it means to be alive, or have an idea of what they’re meant to be doing
they wake up to fulfill their purposes, and go to sleep once they feel accomplished
on a mission to create global change
but deep down, is that actually a need to satisfy themselves?
because without the purpose, they would feel empty
there would be no meaning
so I ask again, what is life?
we define life based on what makes the most sense to our minds
for a sense of security and safety
and inadvertently, avoiding oneSelf.
to truly embody our wholeness, is to be in the nothingness in each moment
no intent to fill the void
no desire to leave
no purpose to fulfill
that’s what it means to die, and paradoxically, is what it means to live
when we live for a purpose, or for an outcome, it’s not living
it’s allowing that thing to live us
nothing is inherently wrong with doing so
however, it reveals that most aren’t actually alive
they’re closer to what they define as death
they fear death because they see it as a lack of meaning
but in truth, death is far from it
death is the unknown
the unknown is chaotic
which, actually, is the very nature of life
so are most truly alive?
I would say no
most are living with conditions
it’s only when we let go of the conditions, and die into the very nature of our being - nothingness
do we become fully alive
to live a life of freedom is to live without conditions, and to no longer cling onto an idea of what it means to be alive, or even to life itself
one must release the perceived notion and meaning of life, to become fully alive
and that means dying into each moment
we will then realize, that life and death are not separate, but eternally coexisting
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