Death

I've recently noticed that, unlike many people, I am not afraid of death. To some extent, this might change when dying becomes a more pressing issue for me or those I love, but I have also felt that the concept of dying, in general, has lost its scary force from my becoming more mindful in life. Approaching dying with a mindful attitude and accepting death when it occurs strikes me as advisable without exception. But, as Sam Harris points out, you probably should still give some thought to the fact that you and everyone around you will die. It is a triumph of secular spirituality that we can derive such a life-affirming message from death:

Death is an ever-present reality for us. And it is so whether we're thinking about it or not. It's always announcing itself in the background. […] If you observe yourself closely, you'll see that you spend a fair amount of energy each day trying not to die. And as long been noted by philosophers and contemplatives and poets, death makes a mockery of almost everything else we spend our lives doing. Just take a moment to reflect on how you spent your day so far. The kinds of things that captured your attention. The things that you've been genuinely worried about. Think of the last argument you had with your spouse. Think of the last hour you spent on social media. […] Contemplating the brevity of life brings some perspective to how we use our attention. It's not so much what we put our attention to; it's the quality of attention. It's how we feel while doing it. […] The reality is, no one knows how much time we have in our life. And taking that fact to heart brings a moral and emotional clarity and energy to the present.

—Sam Harris in Waking Up with Sam Harris: #104 – The Lessons of Death