In this episode of the Healing at the Edge Podcast, Dale gets to the heart of conscious living and how our relationship with death effects every moment that we are alive.
The Heart of the Matter (Opening) – Dale explores the impact that our relationship with death has on the way we live. What would we do and what might we say if we knew we would not survive the moment?
“Each moment is preparation for dying. This moment is preparation for dying. We can look at that sort of morbidly, but at the same time that can be a fact which awakens us to be more loving and present with each other moment to moment.” – Dale Borglum
Suffering and Resistance (13:10) – We look at the many ways in which people resist suffering, which in turn cause a much greater and more persistent form of suffering.
“Another way we deal with suffering when it arises is by getting lost in it. An emotion arises and we become completely identified with what it is that we are feeling. In English, we say, ‘I am angry.’ In Spanish, we say, ‘I have anger.’ In Tibetan, we say, ‘Anger is here.’ There is a way our language relates to emotion and the long way it goes in hard wiring the way we get identified with emotions.” – Dale Borglum
Dimensions of Compassion (26:10) – We can’t truly cultivate compassion for ourselves or other people until we open our hearts to everyone. Dale looks at the transformation in consciousness that occurs when we practice compassion towards all beings.
Turning Towards the Dharma (41:15) – Dale examines what the Buddhist teachings around the Four Mind Turning Truths can teach us about living consciously.
“These truths are not intellectual truths, they are contemplations. You take one of them and let it float around in the back of your mind for a month or two. You might wake up one morning, you have a busy day ahead of you, and reflect on how does the fact that you don’t know when you are going to die affect the way you are going to deal with today?” – Dale Borglum