In the realm of end-of-life education, two terms come up very often: death denial and fear of death. We talk about fear of death and death denial as kind-of the same thing and we use the terms interchangeably. But are they really? I’m wondering if the varying ways that people think about and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, shed some light on the differences between the two terms.
In this time of a global pandemic, along with all the physical preparations and precautions, such as washing your hands, sanitizing your environment, and stocking your pantry, we want to help you prepare yourselves inwardly. Peter Russell, an author and teacher focusing on consciousness and contemporary spirituality, recently wrote, “Trees provide a good lesson. If a tree is to withstand a storm it must be flexible, able to bend with the winds. And it must have strong roots and be stably anchored in the ground.”
There’s a lot of talk out there about having a grounding or calming practice to soothe our fears and anxiety. If you already have a practice, you may have ramped it up. Perhaps you’re doing more journaling, singing, meditation or yoga.
We also urge you to consider—whether or not you already have a practice—that contemplating the reality of your mortality will make you far less wobbly. Now more than ever we need to feel rooted. Do what you need to do to feel rooted.
What about you?
What helps you feel rooted when the world is untethered?