Kathryn Koromilas

A few years ago, the Google algorithms presented me with an interesting online course. It was Donald Robertson’s “The Stoic Contemplation of Death.”

From there, I learned about the importance of contemplating one’s own death and death in general. I learned that it was important to accept that death is natural and that noone should be taking it personally!

From Donald’s course, I went on to read Marcus Aurelius and started a daily death contemplation practice. Just a quick morning ritual (reading and copying a meditation) and a regular stroll in a cemetery for added memento mori points.

In this picture, I’m in my Scottish garden and, although you can’t see it, there’s a cemetery right next door. Yes, my neighbours are very quiet. And I know that I’ll be just as quiet one day too. That’s not a morbid thought at all. The Scottish novelist Muriel Spark said that “there is no other practice which so intensifies life.”

I’m Kathryn Koromilas and this is my #PathsToFlourishing story.

This is a #PathsToFlourishing story published as part of a series of stories inspired by the Stoicon-X Women 2021 theme: Practical Paths to Flourishing.

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