We all approached the Mayan apocalypse with our own expectations and woke up the following morning with no lesser sense of continuity. It was an important passing because it provided a glimpse into how we engage with finality and the inevitable. Whether it is death or the process of dying we all cope individually.
Attached to death is predictably fear. Our fear of death is a primal instinct for survival and the need to escape life threatening situations. Yet when looking into this fear we find it is really only protecting the integrity of the body.
The ancient seers recognised the nature of the body undergo a cycle that consists of the potential to exist, birth, growth, maturity, decay and death. Our primal instinct for survival veils this inevitable cycle, creating an illusory mystery surrounding death.
The mind-body relationship and the confusions arising from it are very ancient. Though they are intimately connected, they have distinct and different features: body decays and memories become sublime impressions. These become acutely apparent during sickness and greatly enhanced during meditation. It is essentially recognising and realising the ‘continuity’ in all experiences.
Without the body neither can liberation nor bondage be known or expressed. In ignorance we see it as a prison or the need to persevere to keep. In knowledge it is a vehicle to experience your true being and nature. But beware of the feverishness of becoming overly obsessive with identifying with the body–as that is a sign of ignorance.
Death, dying and the apocalypse are intimately connected with the body. How much of it affects the mind depends really on you.