Tending to elders with dementia, has been an amazing practice. No need to contemplate the five remembrances every morning. The work does it for me.
Today, I got to see the reality of old age. Worn out, twisted bodies in various states of disrepair. And unsteady minds to further complicate things.
Today, I got to see the reality of ill health. The old man was lying in bed, too weak to move any more. I asked him if he was in pain. He said "Yes, at the usual place."
Today, I got to see the reality of death up close. One of our residents had just passed away, and we spread rose petals over his dead body, as it was getting carried out to the mortuary car.
Today, I got to see the heartache from a family I visited. Their father was letting himself go after the news of a ravaging diagnosis, and all were on edge from the near end.
Today, I got to practice right action, right speech, and right view. Moving slow, taking the time to be present for all I met. And I ended the day in joy.
May you too, discover the benefit from contemplating the hard realities of life, old age, sickness and death.