We are children of the Universe. Be not afraid.

Inspired by the saying that “an unexamined life is not worth living,” I often find myself pondering and trying to understand why we were given life. I take the engagement with this reflection almost as a duty. I believe we should not waste our lives in vain pursuits, but bringing to mind the rarity of human life and the limited time we have here, we should use this time wisely, asking ourselves, “Why were we given the opportunity to live? Why are we here? What for?”


From these reflections I came to the idea that we were brought here to learn and to teach, and also to help others do likewise. Once I embraced this as the main reason for our existences, I realized, in a deep way, the immeasurable value of life. It became evident to me that we must protect all life, not kill, and oppose all killing because everyone should have chances to learn and teach, and no one has the right to deprive others of learning and teaching opportunities. The good news is that no matter how young or old we may be, there will always be plenty of opportunities to do just that: learn and teach. Each and every day is a new learning and teaching day.


You came here for a limited time, but your time as a spiritual being is unlimited. So, do not rush. Take your time. Take time to ponder. Remember to ask yourself often, “What am I supposed to learn here? What am I meant to teach here?” We have all the time in the Universe, so do not rush. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time.

Be not afraid.

Don’t fear death. Think about eternity. Think of yourself as a manifestation of something much bigger, something that is eternal and never ceases to exist, something that only changes form. We are eternal spiritual beings having temporary human experiences. Bring God into the picture and the fear of death will surely vanish.

Never regret getting old. Remember, it is a privilege denied to many. Accept the inevitability of aging and dying but don’t let fear of death impact your present life. Death is a great counselor; it provides the best advice on how to live a good life. Death will tell you that what really matters is the love you make. Since we cannot know how long we will stay here, let us give as much love as we can right here, right now.

Be not afraid.


Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)


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