Every Moment is a Death

There has been a lot of talk about death lately, through the COVID 19 pandemic. You cannot turn on any news channel without seeing the numbers of the COVID 19 death rates flashing across the screen. However, we all know that death is not limited to COVID 19 and it will, eventually claim all of our lives. It is the most certain of human experiences and it often comes to us and our loved ones when we least expect it.

The societal perception of death is one of the greatest problems in society. Why do I say this? People get so caught up in the busyness of their lives that they give no attention to how they are spending their time. They are in jobs they dislike, relationships that don’t serve then, living with chronic diseases that disable them and generally living unfulfilled lives. They do this because they think they have all the time in the world. The truth is that our time here, on this planet, is very limited and is like the blink of an eye. If you don’t believe me, then ask someone who has just been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and told that they have less than six months to live.

The problem is that we see death as the terminal event in our lives and we give it no thought because, for most of us, it seems to be very far off. I have already shown you that this is far from the truth, as people of all ages die everyday. This is not the issue, however. The issue is that we are always dying in every moment. Think about it. Any milestone in your life involves death and rebirth. When you graduate from high school, you are dying to your adolescent life and being reborn into your postgraduate life. When you get a job after postgraduate education, you are dying to your school life and being reborn to your work life. When you get married, you are dying to your single life and being reborn into your married life.

This principle does not just apply to major events in your life but applies to every single moment. Every single moment you are dying and being reborn. This is true physically, as cells in your body are always dying and being replaced, mentally, as your thoughts are never the same and come and go, emotionally, are you always experiencing various feelings and spiritually, as your soul is always in a process of metamorphosis and transformation through the vehicle of your physical body.

The point I am trying to make is that death is with you at every moment in your life and does not just apply to the demise of your physical body. The sooner you can embrace the concept of death in every moment, the sooner you will be able to live your life in a deep serenity, which transcends all circumstances. This is because, no matter what situation you find yourself in and no matter what challenges you are facing, they are all transient and subject to death.

Everything changes in our lives, but the only constant is death, which is why we must embrace it in every moment. This is one of the keys to inner peace and liberation from the shackles of this physical world, which seem to weigh us down but can be transformed in any moment, as every moment is a death and a rebirth.

Realize and embody this concept of death in every moment and your life will be full of beauty, awe and wonder and you will live every moment to the fullest.

Dr. Nauman Naeem


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