June 10, 2004
A yoga teacher used to ask his students meditate on the circumstances of their ultimate deaths to realize the truth of life's impermanence. Each guided imagery session envisioned different ways to die, sometimes violently, as in car wrecks or plane crashes, sometimes peacefully, with loved ones at home, tenderly gripping and releasing for the last time a dear and familiar hand. More effective than such exercises in making life's fleeting nature real was when a coffee shop barrista recently asked me (still young at heart) if I wanted to apply the Senior discount to the cost of my cappuccino! Yikes!