1. We grappled with thoughts that generated high-arousal states and managed to redirect at least a few of them. As often as we were able, we thought outside our adrenals.
2. We managed everything we could so as not to give in to the ignorance that contributes to great suffering in the world.
3. We did our best to follow the path of our own heart, brain, mind, body and spirit.
4. We practiced authentic gratitude as much as we could, and when we couldn’t we simply accepted that fact.
5. We did our best to grow our compassion and generosity networks.
6. We followed the spiritual directive to “provide shelter for people” for as long as brain and body would allow.
7. We established one of the first safe places in the world for children to heal from painful and disruptive loss.
8. We did our best to include ourselves in the wide circle of sentient beings we cared for.
9. We left many corners of this circular world a bit better than we found them.
I invite any of you who wish to, to share life experiences below that might contribute to your own end-of-life ecstasy. I’d love to hear some of them …