Yoga teacher Ellen Smith posted this on Facebook, and its wisdom is well worth sharing with you. It was written by a woman named Bronnie Ware who also wrote a book called The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.
She worked with the dying for the last 3-12 weeks of their lives and asked them about their regrets and wrote about their responses. She writes:
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
Here’s a process that can make a huge difference:
Imagine your future when you have only weeks left. Imagine you are aware, lucid, have all your wits.
What would this elder you tell the present you?
What are the changes you can make now so that the elder you can die with no regrets?