If you can’t read this, try clicking the picture. You can find Archa’s website here.
Just to say that Dying to Live seems to be associated with Osho, formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osho_(Bhagwan_Shree_Rajneesh).
Living and Dying is listed as an friend on the Osho Leela website (http://www.osholeela.co.uk/index.php?content=fr_li)
There’s nothing wrong with this, in fact I’ve heard excellent things about Osho Leela from someone whose opinionI trust. Its just worth being upfront about these things.
What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed, O Vale poet. I’m with you in this, though I do feel accurate and meaningful statements should be, as far as possible, at the heart of what anyone says in this important area, and I just worried that such a sweeping statement might create a sort of gloom, the purpose of which is to urge us towards said workshop. Maybe she should just take your statements above and poster ’em up!
There’s a line in a Dusty Springfield song (pause for prayers and blessing upon her near-divinity) called “Going Back,” in which she says she wants to “live my days instead of counting my years.”
The sister said it.
You are right, of course, GM. There’s a wider – perhaps more philosophical – concern here though. If it is all about our own deaths it can easily feel like ‘reeling in the years’. Fine and dandy until, one day, we come to the end of the string and find death at the end of it. But Death does walk with us all our lives. We grow, love, dream our dreams in the midst of a myriad of deaths. Somehow – for me – the thought both sweetens the life we have and makes me less concerned with the little loss of myself in the end. If this lady’s workshops get people closer to death more power to her elbow, I say!
Sorry to be a pedant, even about publicity material (or perhaps one needs to be especially pedantic about such material) but our bodies are surely not dying from the moment of our birth. Those words ignore the curve of growth, maturation, and decline, which is really rather more wonderful than she suggests!
All for helping people to understand their own mortality and enrich their lives by doing so, but I’m not sure I’d go on a workshop that advertised itself with such an inaccurate assertion.
Our lifespan may be shortening every moment from birth – that is not the same thing at all.
Hi as a cancer nurse my words ‘we are dying from the moment of our birth’ come from the fact that as soon as we are conceived…our cells begin to die..ie as a foetus we have webbed hands and feet..the cells between have to die to make fingers and toes….our cells in our bodies are dying all through our life and being reborn.. Archa Kate Robinson. Facilitator of the workshop.. Dying to Live’
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