I heard a retired Green Beret named Tu Lam share his experience about becoming addicted to pain killers while serving in the military.
This man was a highly decorated military figure and served the country for 23 years.
He retired honorably but addicted to drugs.
There were many reasons as to how he became addicted but what fascinated me was how he stopped.
He knew his plight was within. He knew that he was looking at the world and all it’s cruelties. He knew he could never be present in the moment because to him the moment was dark and unkind.
He went to meet with some Tibetan monks at a local monastery. There he learned to meditate on death.
It sounds morbid at first…but it’s not…it’s actually beautiful.
He explains (and I tried it myself) to focus on “If today was your last day. If this was your last morning…your last cup of coffee” and so on.
I actually called out of work today (I never do that) – I needed a home and mental health day.
I am right where I want to be… if today was my last day.