* If desired, try The #Hagakure #Meditation: Imagine that you are a tree, looking out at the world, which is obscured by your own leaves. Now picture your leaves falling away, each leaf an attachment, a need, obligation, or desire. As each leaf falls away your view of the world becomes more and more clear. Finally you are looking out past bare limbs. You have no attachments, no needs, no desires, and no obligations. Your view of the world is crystal clear and unclouded.
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. There is a saying of the elders’ that goes, “Step from under the eaves and you’re a dead man. Leave the gate and the enemy is waiting.” This is not a matter of being careful. It is to consider oneself as dead beforehand.