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  • "How does one become a butterfly?" Pooh asked pensively.
    "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar" piglet replied.
    "You mean to die? ask Pooh.
    "Yes and no" he answered.
    "What looks like you will die, but what's Really you will live on..."
    A.A. Milne

    I love this quote because it's something I choose to believe in. I wonder sometimes about whether the butterfly remembers being a caterpillar. Was the caterpillar afraid of the transformation stage. I guess we'll know once we get there! But I suspect that death is like this, and the real fear is the loss of our current identity- a version of a self we haven chosen to be in this lifetime. It's also the fear of the unknown, what would it be like to be a butterfly, will it be nice or will it be a struggle! And yet funnily enough we lose our identity and go into the unknown every night when we go off to sleep. Perhaps the finality of the transformation is what is scary. For me its always been the pain attached to death that is more feared, will it hurt really? I have a very low pain tolerance threshold!

    Observing nature and the universe leads me to believe that death is simply a stage of transformation. Whether its the leaf that is composted or the death of a star which then gives birth to new stars in the universe. Our identities keep changing and our experiences keep changing. We are not this identity or that identity, we are not the feelings of fear or love, we are not our body or our thoughts, we are not even our stories that we choose to tell. We are no thing and yet here we are!

    But indeed whatever happens, if indeed I become a butterfly I'm going to come and flutter in all your gardens!

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