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Two Death Meditations

Two Death Meditations
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #16 • View online
Hello friends!
I want to share this insight I’ve gotten from Jay Shetty from the book Think Like a Monk. He recommends that we always do a death meditation at the beginning of a new year to inspire new paths in the year ahead. These are his suggestions:
1.  Fast-forward to yourself at the age of eighty or ninety, however long you want to live, and imagine yourself on your deathbed. Visualizing the inevitable will give you every lesson you need to live a fulfilling life. Ask your future self questions such as:
What do I wish I’d done?
What experiences do I wish I’d had?
What do I regret not giving more attention to?
What skills do I wish I’d worked on?
What do I wish I’d detached from?
2. Imagine how you’d like to be remembered at your funeral. Don’t focus on what people thought of you, who loved you, and how sad they will be to lose you. Think about the impact you’ve had. Then imagine how you would be remembered if you died today. What’s the gap between these two images? This too should galvanize you to build your legacy.
My experience 
As much as I don’t want to think about this subject, I find it helpful to ponder it at least once a year to check in with myself. Am I doing okay? Am I living my life the way I wish to live it? It puts me in a perspective all over again for the fact that today and right now is the gift that I’ve gotten to make the best of it. I can never have it back. I want to live nowto reflect exactly who I am and how I want to live.
More questions to ask to wrap up 2020 
  • When have you felt proud of yourself in 2020? What were you doing?
  • What have you learnt about the way in which you deal with uncertainty in 2020?
  • What new habits did you create in 2020? Which ones would you want to keep?
  • When you felt at peace this year, what were you doing?
  • If you were drastically exceeding your expectations at the end of next year, what would you be doing?
What about you? 
Use these answers to motivate yourself instead of having regrets. Put your wishes into action today. 😉 
Have a wonderful week! Happy new year! 💕

This Week on Journey Through Classical Piano
Trailer for the season 2
My favorite things this week
  1. A book - I am enjoying reading the book Quiet by Susan Cain. Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read. A book of liberation from old ideas about the value of introverts. A rich and intelligent book. People claim that this book is in the elite class with the best books from Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and other masters of psychological nonfiction.
  2. Southern California - Even after having lived here for 5 years my appreciation and renewed wonder of the beauty of this place has never gone away. Just stunning.
My favorite Music This Week
Nikšić Guitar Festival, Montenegro 2020 ©️ - Miroslav Tadić & Yvette Holzwarth - living room concert
Nikšić Guitar Festival, Montenegro 2020 ©️ - Miroslav Tadić & Yvette Holzwarth - living room concert
I always love the warm and intimate sound of acoustic guitar. In this living room concert the guitarist Miroslav Tadić and the violinist Yvette Holzwarth combine these two instruments in a tasty balance. Their original composition Happy 13 is based on Balkan folklore. It certainly transports me to a beautiful mountain somewhere in eastern Europe.
Quote of the Week
“The only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
Join me for the first segment of 30x3 Virtual Concert on next Sunday (17th) at 2 p.m. (PST)! You can stay right in your living room for this concert. 😉 My mom in Korea can join me in the early morning from Korea too. Isn't it cool? Ticket link
This Week's Video to Highlight
In the Evening by Robert Schumann (live performance) Des Abends, Fantasiestucke, Op. 12
In the Evening by Robert Schumann (live performance) Des Abends, Fantasiestucke, Op. 12
30x3 Virtual Concert, 30 minutes x 3 different programs
30x3 Virtual Concert, 30 minutes x 3 different programs
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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