“May your values, memories, and life experience become the wisdom by which you bless the future.” - Rachael Freed
I attended a beautiful wedding this weekend and had the opportunity to sit with and old friend I had not seen in many years. After catching up on life events, we settled into a discussion of the changes we witnessed in our culture and what values may have been lost along the way. While my friend and I come from different political spectrums, we found common ground when sharing the values that are important to each of us.
A life review is an opportunity to engage in story when your life is in transition. Where have you been? Are there regrets? What are the lessons? By reviewing the past, you can step into your future with clarity and intention. Each story is unique.
But, there is a larger story to remember, one of our connection to nature, the earth and the universe that we all reside in.
In her poem, “Remember,” poet Joy Harjo reminds us to create grander stories that call us to attention in our lives and remember.
Life review, taking time to review our lives and the valuable relations we have formed, enables us to better feel our connection to life. Creating a life review is an important activity to accomplish when preparing for death as a rite of passage. I started my own life review by creating an inventory of those I want notified upon my death. Each of these people or animal friends share my life’s adventures. By writing about them I remember when I felt most awake, alive and engaged.
There are many ways to approach a life review. One of my...