Although I am by no means complacent about the prospect of becoming ill, growing old, dying and being separated from my loved ones, I do believe that awareness of these truths has seeped in, and (I hope!) helps me choose right action more often than not. And in yoga, as my teacher Veronica says, "Awareness is all!"
The Buddha's Five Remembrances
(Thich Nhat Hanh's version)
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.