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What do you hope to experience by the end of your life?

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This week's question asks:

What do you hope to experience by the end of your life?

Take a few moments to contemplate what you want to experience by the end of this lifetime. Share what you uncover with the community. There are no right or wrong answers; simply share whatever yearnings you observe in mind, body, or heart.

This question was adapted from 20 Mindful Questions to Ask Yourself.

 

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Beginning the 100 day challenge is allowing me to slow down.  By the end of this life I want to have mastered the art of slow living, taking one day at a time and noticing how everyday brings something new to see, hear, smell, touch.  

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To reflect on this week's question: I hope that by the end of my life I have found my 'place' so to speak. That I have integrated all the different dimensions of who 'I' am and that I have uncovered a deep peace within myself and within the world.

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Hope is make-believe¬†fiction, craving / grasping for succor,¬†an obscuration¬†to clarity, an emotional¬†indulgence,¬†a flight from actuality and ‚Äėall-about-me‚Äô (even if the¬†hope is for someone else).¬†Elder cultures warned against it.¬†The ruling class conditions¬†us to it and exploits it. I don‚Äôt recommend making it a habit.¬†Best to note it when it flares up and not attach to it / enable it ¬†/¬†be dragged around by it.¬†

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