How to Die in Order to Live

Jeanette Chabot | Author / Interpreter / Facilitator

Date: Apr. 18th (Wed.), 2018

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Tuition: 4,000yen

Death. It’s hardly the go-to topic of conversation with your family or friends after a hard day at the office. Most of us go to such lengths to avoid talking about it, sometimes forever. But death happens to all of us at some point in our lives, including you and your loved ones. Nobody is immune to death.

Despite it being thrust in our faces almost every day on the news, in movies, or even in crime thrillers we read, most of us live as though we are safe, rather than having the strength to confront the topic. Most of us don’t know our family and loved ones’ end-of-life wishes; not even one-third of people end up letting someone know of their funeral wishes. So what will happen if you or your loved one falls seriously ill, with no hope of recovery? Would you let nature take its course or consider another path? How do you know what you’d do if you’ve never even asked?

Death is not unfortunate. It is essential. If there was no death, just think about what would happen. Life is on a lease and we all have to accept that. This means that we must make our lives truly meaningful and fully embrace everything we have.

As Steve Jobs said in his powerful Stanford Commencement address, remembering that we will be dead soon is the most important tool, which he has ever encountered, to help him make the big choices of his life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that we are all going to die is the best way he knew to avoid the trap of thinking we have something to lose; that we are already naked and there is no reason not to follow your heart.

So let’s reflect on good death in order to live — fully and responsibly. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s dreams. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your Element! Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

“If you live each day as it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right” – Steve Jobs

In this workshop, Jeanette will aim to show you how to:

Understand why it is more necessary today to reflect on your death than several decades ago

Gain insight into various possibilities that are shaping your good death

Consider what a meaningful life is for you

Make yourself accountable for how you want to live

 

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