Why I Run at the Cemetery

"Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly." – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 7.56

I go for my daily run at the cemetery. It's my memento mori practice. “Remember, you die.” My cemetery run is a time to reflect on mortality. It inspires me to live the rest of my day more fully.

Every cemetery run is an opportunity not only to contemplate my journey from womb to tomb, but it’s also a call to employ myself in work that’s worth it.

This ritual reminds me of the transience of earthly things and the futility of ego attachments.

My cemetery run reminds me to return to the here and now, and do the work I’m meant to do. That work begins with the work of being a human being. Cultivating character and enhancing my life by elevating the lives of others.

What do you think? Is it possible that contemplating your death might inspire you to start living well?

Keep flying higher!


Have you seen the series I started on Facebook Live? The Cemetery Sessions are short reflections on making a difference with the time you have left. A few days ago, I did an episode on getting out of your own way. If you appreciate what you hear, please Like and Share it!

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