As far back as I can remember, I had been afraid of dying. I tried to put it out of mind in many different ways but it kept coming back over and over again. The part of dying that I feared was my belief that dying meant not existing anymore.
By the time I reached the age of 21, I was experiencing fear 24×7. It completely overshadowed my life and I felt miserable. It was at that time that I went to visit an old friend who introduced me to someone who was studying meditation, spirituality and all related subjects. We talked about dying and he invited me to join a group of like-minded people who were on spiritual quests for different reasons. He assured me that this was the path to take if I wanted to address my fear of dying.
When I met the people in the group I discovered that they all had different approaches to spirituality. I was exposed to Eastern and Western traditions of the spiritual path and was drawn to both. I delved deeply into the practice of Kabbalah, Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. I practiced and studied meditation of all kinds and learned about all the great spiritual traditions. This is when I first encountered mindfulness.
As soon as I began these studies/practices, I started to experience a new sense of intuition and glimpses of greater awareness. I was coming to a new spiritual understanding in ways that I was not accustomed to up to that point in my life. This new way of experiencing was shattering my concept of reality and leaving me with nothing to hang on to.
These new experiences left me to question my sense of reality, and I had to deal with the emotions that came with that. Emotions such as fear, depression, anxiety and confusion were becoming a big part of my life.
Gradually, those uncomfortable feelings went away and I came to understand and experience the continuity of consciousness and being and to experience a very deep sense of peace, stillness and focus in the present moment.
As the peace deepened and the fear of dying went away, my life got better in every way. I started teaching these things as soon as I grasped the importance of my studies and mindfulness practice. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience what that kind of peace can do for their lives. I also felt like the planet would be a better place if people suffered less.
Mindfulness has the ability to create this deep peace. It is the starting point for all healing and is the basis for experiencing life more deeply. I invite you to try it. Find out about our next Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program and join the thousands of people who have been transformed through this program! Call (480)947-3655.
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