stimulating profound conversations about living and dying well
Real value lives in the small priceless moments
Last night I dreamed that I woke up one morning and realized that that was the very last day we all had before Earth was destroyed. I immediately started stressing out about how to make that last day perfect – to find fulfillment and joy one last time. I worked through many plans in my head and tried several scenarios, becoming more and more anxious as the dream progressed. At one point, I looked around me and saw that everyone was scared, so I just started comforting people – placing my hands gently on a face, holding someone in a hug, stroking someone’s hair. Immediately I felt whole, and I didn’t want to be anywhere or do anything else.
One of my favourite Ram Dass quotes is, “We're all just walking each other home.” The beginning of that process is, I believe, to give someone the gift of your time and attention, and to listen without judgement. It costs you nothing, and is worth every second for what you gain in sharing compassion with a reflection of yourself. Finding opportunities in your life to offer this quality of presence is truly the priceless gift that gives back.
Persephone Passages and Sacred Embodiment Founder Juniper Quin riffs on birth, death, and everything in between. She lives in North Vancouver, BC in the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations with her husband, father-in-law, and an ever-expanding family of mostly edible houseplants.