Life & Death are old friends

Updated: Sep 9, 2019


Life & Death, ©Loredana Denicola



Death is an organic, integral part of Life, and it is very friendly to Life.


Without it Life cannot exist.

Life exists because of death: death gives the background. Death is in fact a real process of renewal. And Death also happens each moment, as life happens, because the renewal is needed each moment.


The moment you breath in and breath out , both happen.


Breathing in, Life happens, breathing out, Death happens. So life and death are old friends, inseparable.


That’s why when a child is born, the first thing he does, is breathing in and then then Life starts, and when a man is dying, the last thing he does he is breathing out, like a liberation and in this way Life departs.


Both are amazing experiences.
We are so lucky to experience the good and the bad.


We don’t remember how we were born but we will remember, not all of us, if we are lucky, how we will die.


Breathing is a life/death process.


You cannot breath in if you stop breathing out.


You cannot live if you stop dying.


Anyone who has understood this, dies each moment and in each moment he is resurrected.


Acceptance is a must.


He dies to the past each moment and he is born again and again into the future exactly like Photography.


Photography is death, each moment photographed in life is alive, after clicking is death.
It can’t be repeated in the same way again because it is only one.


Fascinating observation is realising that each photograph is a representation of a Life/Death moment that it will never happens again.

That moment called Life is trapped in a photograph, and after less than a second the same moment is already past, it doesn’t exist anymore.

What remain, is a photograph, the recording of a piece of reality already dead.


What such a lesson – being capable of capturing in life the ‘decisive moment’ of Cartier Bresson is so difficult and simple in the same time.


Life is only in the moment. How do you feel when you see yourself in the moment? Do you feel scared?


If you look into life you will be able to know what Death is. If you understand what Death is, only then you are able to understand Life.


They are both organic. We think that life is good and death is bad, we think that we have to protect ourselves from death and in this way, with this fear we are not capable to live.

If you really want to live you have to be ready to die, in any moment and let any moment live and die.

Who is afraid of death in you? Is life afraid of death?…not that is not possible. Life cannot be afraid of its own integral process.


Something else is afraid in you.


The person we built up since we were born is afraid in us, that person who live miserably in this society is afraid in us.


This person in us is called Ego – that ‘I am bla bla bla…’


We need to learn how to carry on our pain with consciousness, our own cross, because everyone has to die each moment and accept any moment like it is with no expectations.


In a moment we will feel the happiest person in the world, a moment after the opposite will be present, and suddenly we will see death also, but we like Life and we dislike Death.


Life & Death, © Loredana Denicola



In Love, life comes to a climax – hence people are afraid of Love.


And to love in a healthy way we need to abandon our ego, because the ego becomes a barrier, a structured cage where we live in.


Only if we free ourselves from our ego we will experience true Love.


Love and Freedom must go together.
No one possesses the other.


What do you think of Life and Death? Are you afraid of life? Are you afraid of death?


It would be great to know what you think.



by Loredana Denicola





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