We know iPhone and iPad but what about iCoffin?
Steve Jobs says it, in his speech to Stanford students after his cancer surgery in 2005.
‘Remembering I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.’ Where do you get an iCoffin, you make one or get Paddy to make one for you.
Walking with death enables us to get closer to walking fully with life. To take the mask off between us and life. So sleeping in a coffin is a start to casting off fears of death and bringing us closer to life.
Paddy builds simple pine coffins and uses them as coffin tables in his lounge room, storage boxes and off course coffins to sleep in, especially for those attending his courses around soul journey or dancing with the angel of death.
Paddy and many other men have slept for one or two nights in the coffins. He left his coffin at the local Buddhist monastery and his friend Chandra slept in it for six months.
Some of the feedback from men about the benefits of engaging with death are:
‘Confronting death – I began the sometimes difficult process of letting go; not only of my fear of death, but emotions and attachments that interfere with my living now. I felt lighter, happier and infinitely more aware of life as I drove home.’
‘ I have generally been in denial about the inevitability of my own death. I have read about it but never done any real work confronting it. The dancing with death workshop, confronted me with the preciousness of life and the need to make the most of every moment that I am alive. It opened my heart, and helped me more deeply feel the grief of all those who have lost loved ones. As others will confirm, it has also helped me to be more courageous in expressing my wants and needs, my hopes and fears. Very unexpected benefits from coffin work. ‘