Such sad news last week with the passing of two incredibly creative people. First David Bowie and then Allan Rickman. Two people who lived a life doing what they loved.
I didn’t know that either of them had cancer. David Bowie’s music is immortal and so are the roles that Allan Rickman made his own. Every year around Christmas I watch “Love Actually” and his performance as Severus Snape bought the character life. With my family I have watched the Harry Potter movies over and over and over again. I thought these men would live forever and they will through their art.
“Ch-ch-ch –Changes ….” Is an integral part of Mindfulness teachings. Nothing stays the same, things change all the time just like the clouds in the sky, nothing is permanent. Life changes all the time though we try so hard to hold onto the past, to our youth and to bad memories, injustices and grievances. It’s impossible to move forward if you are locked into the past. Mindfulness doesn’t ask us to forget the past, with mindfulness we learn to accept and to let go.
Death is always a reminder to live life to the full, savour every moment every day. Having a Mindfulness Practice teaches us, awareness and presence and how to live in this moment now.
A few years ago I went to a Youngcare benefit concert, a charity I support, www.youngcare.com.au The theme of the night was Heroes and to wrap up the show David Bowie’s “Heroes” song was performed by some of the biggest names in Australian music. Missy Higgins, Clare Bowditch, Tim Rodgers and Powderfinger all put their mark on the iconic song.
“We can be heroes, just for one day” we really can be and we can do this by showing compassion and acceptance to ourselves and to others and by living life in this moment right now.
Did you know that David Bowie studied Buddhist Meditation for a short time with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Chime Rinpoche. Here is a link to a video of remembrance and prayers for David Bowie, courtesy of Lions Roar, Buddhist magazine. https://www.lionsroar.com
R.I.P David Bowie and Allan Rickman, gone but never forgotten.