You see beauty when you’re about to die

thumbs_thumbs_thumbs_all-pix-for-blog-487-of-1303 In my book, Look and Grow Mindful, I quoted psychologist Rollo May: “When people are on the verge of death they think, strangely enough, about beauty. Many of  these thoughts are about how beautiful is this earth that they are about to leave.”

Well, I got wonderful confirmation of this in this week’s  Sunday Times. In an article by Bryan Appleyard  entitled “The Art of Dying”, he quotes TV dramatist Dennis  Potter,  dying of cancer in 1994, in a last interview he gave to Melvyn Bragg:. He looks out of his window and sees some apple blossom: “I see it is the whitest, frothiest, blossomist blossom that there ever could be, and I can see it… the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous…the fact is, if you can see the present tense, boy. do you see it! And boy, can you celebrate it.”

To this Bryan Appleyard adds: “Nature is always ‘Now’ in ways that we, plagued by memory and foreboding, seldom are. Nature also continues in spite of us.”

Need I say more?

~ David

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