How Doctors Die: Death with Dignity Please

This article Β is an affirmation of what I’ve observed, learned and concluded after almost living in hospitals 24/7 for 3 months, while taking care of Papa here in Bacolod in Jan-Feb. 2008 and Mama there in Atlanta, Georgia, in Feb.-March 2008, who both passed on within 19 days of each other: all that really matters is if you’re ready to go or not.

And if you’re ready please pass up the “heroic” technological attempts to “save” you while your quality of life and dignity suffers, and the pharmaceutical and curative–not preventive– “care” (which actually benefits from people getting sick!) industries make even more money from it.

“Of course, doctors don’t want to die; they want to live. But they know enough about modern medicine to know its limits. And they know enough about death to know what all people fear most: dying in pain, and dying alone.”

I’m ready anytime. My only prayer is to go peacefully and to be sent off by the prayers and love of closest family and friends– not in pain and not alone. β™₯


The Gifts of Silence and Prayer

“Silence is not yet prayer, but going into the Silence is necessary for prayer.” Something I’ve known already from my own practices but which was clearly defined for me yesterday at the Prayer and Life Workshop (PLW) orientation.

Spire made of candles - low view

photo credits to Center of Spiritual Living

And then, this morning, as I went into meditation immediately after I woke up, I kept “popping out”. πŸ˜₯

I just realized now that it’s because I did not take time to “properly” go into the Silence, gently placing my self in an open, empty, receptive state. How theory and experience immediately put themselves at work to remind me of this lesson, one after another!

In my 6 & a half years of growing in meditation and prayer practice, I have observed how this practice of going into Silence first before communing with God/The Source/Spirit carries over into one’s every day life.

One naturally learns to be more attentive and receptive to self and other beings. One grows in reverence, Presence, for all life, deepening in true intimacy with self and others.

And I remember reading somewhere before that if you cultivate an inner life of Silence and prayer, you cannot help but become more honest, more authentic in your outer life! πŸ™‚

So I guess if your life (or even just some parts of it) is feeling fake, blah, meaningless for you, go Inside. β™₯