The Five Invitations

Author: Frank Ostaseski
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 1250074665
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation. The Five Invitations: -Don’t Wait -Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing -Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience -Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things -Cultivate Don’t Know Mind These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

The Five Invitations

Author: Frank Ostaseski
Publisher: Bluebird
ISBN: 9781509801848
Format: PDF
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'The Five Invitations', an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. A renowned teacher of compassionate care-giving, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us about how to forge rich and meaningful lives.

The Five Invitations

Author: Frank Ostaseski
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.
ISBN: 1760552879
Format: PDF, ePub
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"As a physician and a neurosurgeon,m I have learned that those who have truly lived are those who understand death as an integral part of life." James R. Doty M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Frank Ostaseski has helped thousands of people face death. His book, The Five Invitations, based on his 35 years as a Buddhist end-of-life carer, is an exhilarating reflection on what the dying can teach us about coping with change and leading a life of purpose. Ostaseski's invitations are practices designed to help us better care for the dying and to see us through the passage of grief. Bu they can also be applied to all of life's transitions, from moving house and changing jobs, to the forming or breaking of intimate relationships. He shows us how we can harness the awareness of death to appreciate the fact that we are still alive, to encourage self-exploration to find meaning, to aspire and to act. Powerful, eloquent and compassionate, The Five Invitations is an uplifting meditation on living a life of purpose.

Being with Dying

Author: Joan Halifax
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834821743
Format: PDF
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The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

Lessons from the Dying

Author: Rodney Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861718917
Format: PDF, ePub
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Are a person's perceptions and values altered when facing the end of life? Do the dying see the world in a way that could help the rest of us learn how to live? This book takes us into the lessons of the dying. Through the words and circumstances of the terminally ill, we become immersed in their wisdom and in our own mortality. The dying speak to us in direct and personal ways, pointing toward a wise and sane way to live. In everyday language we can all understand, Rodney Smith extends the conversation about death to people of all ages and states of health. Through exercises and guided meditative reflections at the end of each chapter, the lessons of the dying become a blueprint for our own growth.

Making Friends with Death

Author: Judith L. Lief
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834822573
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Making Friends with Death, Buddhist teacher Judith Lief, who's drawn her inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, shows us that through the powerful combination of contemplation of death and mindfulness practice, we can change how we relate to death, enhance our appreciation of everyday life, and use our developing acceptance of our own vulnerability as a basis for opening to others. She also offers a series of guidelines to help us reconnect with dying persons, whether they are friends or family, clients or patients. Lief highlights the value of relating to the immediacy of death as an ongoing aspect of everyday life by offering readers a variety of practical methods that they can apply to their lives and work. These methods include: Simple mindfulness exercises for deepening awareness of moment-by-moment change Practices for cultivating loving-kindness Helpful slogans and guidelines for caregivers to use Making Friends with Death will enlighten anyone interested in coming to terms with their own mortality. More specifically, the contemplative approach presented here offers health professionals, students of death and dying, and people who are helping a dying friend or relative useful guidance and inspiration. It will show them how to ground their actions in awareness and compassion, so that the steps they take in dealing with pain and suffering will be more effective.

Healing Into Life and Death

Author: Stephen Levine
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0385262191
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Discusses the philosophy and techniques of mental healing as a way of preparing for and accepting death, and includes meditations for this purpose

A Year to Live

Author: Stephen Levine
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307561329
Format: PDF, Docs
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In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully--as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Four Things That Matter Most 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: Ira Byock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476748535
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Updated with stories from people who have been inspired by the original text, a guide to connecting with what matters most identifies four phrases for honoring relationships, letting go of unhealthy emotions, and living life fully.

Leaves Falling Gently

Author: Susan Bauer-Wu
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 160882554X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A life-limiting illness may have taken hold of your body, but you can still live more fully and openly than ever before. You can enrich your life by exploring ways to make peace with yourself and deepen connections with friends and family. This book will help you reap the benefits of mindfulness and acceptance, one day at a time. Leaves Falling Gently is a comforting guide to the mindfulness and compassion practices that will help you embrace the present moment, despite your illness. With each simple practice, you’ll deepen your appreciation for the experiences that bring you joy and enhance your capacity for gratitude, generosity, and love. As you work through each personal reflection and guided meditation, you’ll regain the strength to live fully, regardless of the changes and challenges that come.