A Response to "Want to feel thrilled to be alive? Try death meditation" by Emily Joshu.
Well, lo and behold, the latest wellness trend isn’t a keto-green-smoothie or another zany TikTok dance. Instead, as Emily Joshu informs us, people are "wrapping themselves up as mummies and picturing their dead bodies to imagine and come to terms with their eventual death." Talk about getting all cozy with mortality, right?
"Death meditation, a mindfulness meditation practice centered around thoughts of a person's death, has taken social media by storm," says Joshu. That’s right, folks! It’s not just about dalgona coffee and sea shanties anymore. TikTok's now teaching us to contemplate the great beyond, and in some style too. Now, if that's not embracing carpe diem in the digital age, I don't know what is!
But before you scream "Mummy, save me!" (get it?), know this: it's not all spooky. Joshu mentions that there’s an ancient wisdom to it. "While the practice seems new, it has ancient roots. There are several types of death meditation, and some are based on particular ancient traditions." So, in a way, we're just tuning into what the wise monks and pharaohs probably chatted about during their chill moments.
The tradition of Maranasati teaches that "death is not a scary concept, rather it is a natural process." Imagine blending that peaceful thought with the high-energy, instant-gratification world of TikTok. It's like Yoda met up with Gen Z for coffee, and the conversation was lit.
But how deep does this ancient-new rabbit hole go? Joshu writes, "In some more intense sessions, participants wrap themselves in white sheets to make themselves look and feel like mummies or they will write their own eulogies to read out loud to a group." It’s the perfect combo of Halloween meets therapy, with a hint of drama club.
And if you think this is just another fleeting trend, think again. "It's amazing for people that have anxiety related to death and dying and intrusive thoughts related to it," opines Dr. Carolyn Rubenstein. If the weight of the world gets too heavy, there’s now an "exposure therapy" with a sprinkle of ancient charm to help out. Maybe Cleopatra was onto something after all!
So, as we chuckle at this juxtaposition of ancient serenity with modern-day social media mania, we’re reminded of our timeless quest for understanding. The TikTok timers might be fleeting, but our fascination with life's deeper questions? That’s eternal. And here’s a toast to the wisdom of the past, helping us embrace today and unwrap the promises of tomorrow. #AncientTrendsModernTwists