Before you die, please live a little.

Via Atalwin Pilon
on May 30, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

We can think of plenty reasons why we should suffer.

The fact alone that we are getting closer to our death every day is pretty hard to swallow for the most of us. And there is no guarantee that we will die old, worn out and sick, we might as well die a lot younger and quite unexpected. I mean, let’s be realistic. We spend so much time trying to avoid or deny our upcoming death and nothing really works. We are still afraid. We try to keep our minds busy and distracted, fleeing into entertainment, procrastination, tranquilizers, anti-depressants, fashion, plastic surgery, clinging to the illusion that our suffering will stop if we just deny our mortality.

But how about accepting what we cannot change?

“Before you die, please live a little”. It is a quote from Hojo-san, the younger brother of my Dharma grandfather Maezumi Roshi and also a zen master. It is very good advice. Sometimes we forget that our existence has created for us the opportunity to celebrate life. Yes, celebrate it! This is your chance, this is your moment! You are here on this planet, you are breathing, it’s an amazing miracle to be alive.

And because a YouTube video says more than a thousand words:


About Atalwin Pilon

Atalwin Pilon (40) is man on a mission. In January 2012, he left his home and his country to travel the world. He is on a spiritual quest, searching for what he calls the 21st century warrior: courageous men and women who are driven by compassion and integrity instead of greed and fear. He wants to know if one man can make a difference and if he can make a difference himself by offering his skills and heart to the world. He will write a book about his findings: "The Quest for the 21st Century Warrior". Feel free to contribute to his journey if his cause speaks to you. He needs your suggestions, hospitality, introductions and/ or your generosity to be be successful. You can make difference too. If you want Atalwin as your life coach you can book a Skype session now. You can follow his adventures on his website (he writes often). And you can find him on Twitter and Facebook too.


One Response to “Before you die, please live a little.”

  1. Ben Ralston says:

    Hm, thanks Atalwin, good reminder…