A Meditative Morsel
Life review is a common spiritual practice in which I lead my hospice patients. It is an opportunity for them to tell me about such things as their childhood, career, time spent as a parent, or their adventures through life. Often life review becomes a pathway to healing those lingering regrets, deep guilt, or broken relationships. Ultimately, it is a practice that can lead to the acceptance of one’s mortality and embracement of his or her belief in what comes after death. I found this quote recently which seemed to reflect this aspect of my work beautifully!
Whatever your beliefs, may you be at peace with the ebb and flow of your life.
“We see the water of a river
flowing uninterruptedly and passing away,
And all that floats on its surface—
rubbish or beams of trees—
all passes by.
Christian! So it is with our life…
I was an infant, and that time has gone.
I was an adolescent, that that too has passed.
I was a young man, and that is also far behind me.
The strong and mature man that I was is no more.
My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes away;
I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh.
I was born in order to die.
I die that I may live.
Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom!”
Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh