Sacred Life, Sacred Death. Preparing for Death as Path of Awakening.

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Centrum/Groep: Rotterdam
Datum:
vrijdag 10 mei 2019 (20:00 -22:00)
zaterdag 11 mei 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
zondag 12 mei 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
maandag 13 mei 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
dinsdag 14 mei 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
woensdag 15 mei 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
Leraren : Herbert Elsky & Karin Hooijmans
Coördinator : Joke Bruijnen-Bonsang
Contactpersoon : Joke Bruijnen-Bonsang
Deelnameprijs : €325
Ledenprijs: €250
Solidariteitprijs: €410
Herhalers/Jongeren/Minima: €160
“Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." – Steve Jobs

Preparing for death is a vital part of our "cosmic education" and no one can do it for us. We all will experience the transition of the "great divide", alone.
The truth of death is uncompromising and the great mystery of what happens after death is something that each of us will encounter directly in our own specific way.

Facing death is facing ourselves. It brings us into contact with the basic essence of what life is, who we are, and what is truly meaningful for ourselves and for those we love.
The basic message of contemplating death is how to appreciate and experience our life fully, so that we do not waste this precious opportunity.

What is the relationship of death to consciousness? Does it continue after we die? Can we know?
It is by understanding our own mind, that positive perspectives can open, and deeper insight into reality can be revealed.
In that way contemplating death can become the most important way, “The Supreme Meditation”, to truly know ourselves and to appreciate and enhance our life. 
Most people avoid talking about death out of fear but it is only by becoming familiar with our fears that we can gain understanding and confidence.

The Program
The program consists of talks, meditation and guided meditations, contemplations, discussions, conversations, writing and creative exercises.
Everyone is invited to share their experience and wisdom.

Topics for discussion and contemplation:
* Honesty about the reality of death
* Death from many different perspectives, various cultures and religions
* End of life care
* The atmosphere for dying, creating a good atmosphere
* Finishing farewells, Physical and psychological completion
* After death care of the body
* Advance directives (final wishes)
* Rituals, ceremonies and funerals
* Grieving
* Renewal. Creating your re-birth
* The role of meditation and contemplation

“Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” 

 – Steve Jobs