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Illness as a rehearsal for death?
    #4599744 - 08/30/05 06:28 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

In Stephen Levine's book A Year to Live, he recommends that we use our minor illnesses as opportunities to practice for death.

After being very ill for four days, I have come to the conclusion that I am not at all ready to die well.  :blush:

I was miserable, depressed, and did nothing but watch DVD's and feel sorry for myself.

Guess I need more practice.  :tongue:


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4599761 - 08/30/05 06:32 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

what takes part in practicing for death?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: MJF]
    #4599775 - 08/30/05 06:35 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

You mean ideally? The ego begins to relinquish its grip on preserving the self, and you begin to define yourself more as a spiritual being having a physical experience.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4599837 - 08/30/05 06:50 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

cool.

what did your practicing for death consist of?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: MJF]
    #4599843 - 08/30/05 06:51 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

oh you allready said
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were you cociously practicing or is that what you did?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4599862 - 08/30/05 06:54 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

You had a flu or what?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Swami]
    #4599882 - 08/30/05 06:58 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

No, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, so I need to eat really heathful foods or else I suffer excruciating stomach pains for 3-4 days, throw up anything I (foolishly) try to eat, and generally feel miserable and near death.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4599898 - 08/30/05 07:02 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I hear that is rough. Aren't there some naturopathic "cures" for that?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Swami]
    #4599917 - 08/30/05 07:05 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Sure...eating a healthful diet, no exceptions! :grin:
Every time I make an exception, I get sick.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4600564 - 08/30/05 09:44 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

he recommends that we use our minor illnesses as opportunities to practice for death.

Do we need to practice? Every single creature gets it "right".

"Oops! You fucked it up. :mad2:  Now you are going to be immortal!"


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Swami]
    #4600585 - 08/30/05 09:49 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Speaking of practice, what's up with doctors practicing medicine? Shouldn't they already have that down?  :rolleyes:


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Diploid]
    #4600776 - 08/30/05 10:24 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

not practice by watching dvd's man, what the hell

i dont know if he said this, but i have always understood that the astral body and physical body (dont even comment if you dont believe this stuff i understand skeptecisim w/out people being dicks, kthx) so... when you are sick, it is the best time to practice meditation and having oobe's and learning to astral project


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4600793 - 08/30/05 10:28 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

So MacDonalds is out of the question?


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: SerioOria]
    #4600802 - 08/30/05 10:29 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Pointing out logical falacies, contradictions, alternative explanations, and downright errors is being a dick? Hmm...  :rolleyes:

If someone was ripping you off and I showed you how, would you consider me a friend or an asshole?


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4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Diploid]
    #4600812 - 08/30/05 10:31 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

"Pointing out logical falacies, contradictions, alternative explanations, and downright errors is being a dick?"

As long as your agreeing with me, I'm cool with it.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4600864 - 08/30/05 10:40 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I am not at all ready to die well

My mom used to tell me to work on improving the things I can change, and learn to accept the things I cannot.

Good advice. Your energies are wasted worrying about death; direct them toward life and you'll get more mileage.

Dunno if that helps any, but I wish you the best.  :heart:


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4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Veritas]
    #4600880 - 08/30/05 10:41 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

You are not ready to die because you are full of life. Being ready to die is not the optimal condition. Being ready to live is.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #4601439 - 08/31/05 12:11 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

i think taking a good handful of mushrooms is probably a lot better of a way to prepare


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Swami]
    #4601463 - 08/31/05 12:16 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
he recommends that we use our minor illnesses as opportunities to practice for death.

Do we need to practice? Every single creature gets it "right".

"Oops! You fucked it up. :mad2:  Now you are going to be immortal!"



I think there are exra points for style and form.


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Re: Illness as a rehearsal for death? [Re: Diploid]
    #4602129 - 08/31/05 03:18 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

"My mom used to tell me to work on improving the things I can change, and learn to accept the things I cannot."

how does one know the difference?


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