Ever ask yourself that question? I used to, but don’t any longer. I figure I’ll die when I’m ready, and not a moment sooner.
The other day I came across an article and video on CBS News about a 112-year-old man in Great Falls, Montana, USA. At that age, Walter Breuning is the oldest man in America. Not terribly remarkable by itself. There have been older folks. But Walter is in near-perfect health and, as the article says, “. . . still has every last marble.”
Watch the video. You’ll be amazed at this delightful, bright, funny man who’d be the envy of folks fifty or sixty years younger.
Last week I read an article by Alan Cohen, Passion for Life. In it Alan described four women in their 80s and 90s who were chorus dancers in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s. Today they’re still dancing. Called The Silver Belles, they continue amazing standing-room-only audiences, sixty and seventy years later!
In a recent newsletter, Dr. Andrew Weil reported four characteristics of people who live the longest:
- They exercise regularly
- They socialize and keep in touch with family and friends
- They have a positive attitude about life
- They have a firm spiritual foundation
What keeps these older folks going? Well, Dr. Weil gives us a few clues. But there’s more to it than that.
Do we choose how long we live? And when we die?
Right here at the outset, let us answer John’s two questions.
Yes, you do choose how long you will live. And yes, you do choose when you will die, either deliberately or by default. You can even choose how you will die.
Does all that sound like far-out fantasy to you? Probably, at least to some of you.
But it is absolutely true!
Friends, the more joyful you are, the more you will flourish. It’s that simple. When you’re in a state of joy, a state of feeling good, life just flows perfectly. Everything falls into place for you. All you have asked the universe for comes to you.
But more to the real point of this conversation today — your physical bodies thrive when you are fully aligned with your higher selves. And when you are feeling good mostly, it’s impossible for your bodies to fall ill. Or if they do fall ill and you restore yourselves to that place of feeling good, so too will your bodies restore themselves to that natural state of perfect health, balance, and alignment.
It is just that simple. Joy — feeling good — is the key, the “secret” to living the life of your dreams.
As long as you are joyful, immersing yourselves in the pleasures and passions of physical life, the longer you will live.
Do you choose how long you will live? Yes! As long as you choose to be joyful, you will live. Even well beyond what your society considers a “normal” life span.
When you begin to lose that sense of joy, you begin to die.
When you finally lose it, you die.
You will die in whatever way “works” for you — illness, accident, by your own hand, and so on.
Does it have to be that way. No!
You can live in a state of joy and then one day decide you’ve done it all, had enough of physical life, and simply move on.
You can die in a state of perfect health. Your bodies don’t need to deteriorate as you move through the years. You don’t need to invent an excuse to die — accident, illness, or whatever.
You can simply put your bodies in bed, in a state of joy, and go to sleep intending to wake up on the other side.
Dying can be that easy. It’s the easiest thing you will ever do.
Live joyfully. Die joyfully.