The First Anniversary in Living Alone

While one must leave the dead to bury their dead as one moves onwards into the present moment with awareness and resolution, it is also important not to suppress one’s grief, especially during the first months after the death of a loved one.  The first anniversary is a particularly painful period, and the release of pent-up emotions associated with the reawakening of precious memories must not be inhibited.  The sacrament of the present moment includes not only the outer events of life that one confronts moment by moment, but also the inner psychic life that impinges itself on one’s awareness continually.  Beautiful scenery, for instance, not only evokes an intense aesthetic response but may also recall a past rapture with someone who is now dead or perhaps has moved away to another part of the world.  The juxtaposition of these two emotional impulses has the effect of lifting one’s consciousness to a sublime grasp of reality in which the transience of physical beauty is aligned with the deeper meaning of eternal life.  That which is beautiful and noble outlasts its physical form and remains an inspiration to all who subsequently pass on that road of life.  When we attend to the present moment and give our life to the passing scene, we add our unique flavour to that moment and that scene our unique flavour to that moment and that scene so that both the world and ourselves are translated to a new place of bliss.  It is in a passing shaft of heightened awareness, such as may follow a sensitive appreciation of the transience of all worldly beauty, that one may be transported to the realm of mystical union and see the eternity that underlies all earthly creation.  Then one knows that death is not the end of life but rather its moment of transfiguration to a more spiritual dimension of reality.  [Martin Israel]