By Stephen Levine
In his new publication, Stephen Levine, writer of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how you can stay each one second, every one hour, every day mindfully--as if it have been all that was once left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his fans to perform death because the maximum kind of knowledge. Levine made up our minds to stay this manner himself for a complete 12 months, and now he stocks with us how such immediacy appreciably adjustments our view of the area and forces us to envision our priorities. so much people visit amazing lengths to disregard, giggle off, or deny the truth that we will die, yet getting ready for demise is among the most obvious and profitable acts of a life-time. it truly is an workout that provides us the chance to house unfinished company and input right into a new and colourful courting with existence. Levine presents us with a year-long application of intensely sensible suggestions and strong guided meditations to aid with this paintings, in order that at any time when the last word second does arrive for every people, we can't suppose that it has come too quickly.
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Or would you do what you have so adroitly learned to do: send anger and even hatred into your pain, tighten around it, increase its discomfort and sense of helplessness, and never take it to heart? AR TO LIVE. If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. Nothing prepares us so completely for death as entering those aspects of our lives that remain unlived. We need not die defeated by death, feeling a failure, disap pointed, constipated with remorse.
AR TO LIVE. ness begins to draw all such compulsive activities into clearer awareness. Having committed a year to catching up with our life, es tablish a daily practice of awakening. There are many remark able psychological processes and therapies, but nothing will do for you what a meditation practice can. No other healing will reach quite so deeply. W hen the mind has softened its belly and let go of the hardness that obscures our inherent clarity, our senses open in a most gratifying manner.
Or better yet, a pain protocol so well developed that the staff knows be fore the patient when analgesics may be required. Even for those who wisely choose to die at home, a device next to the bed that administers the MST Continuum automatically can make their last days more capable of love and completion. Ex cept in rare cases of nerve involvement, where attempting to adjust the medication to the severe peaks experienced during movement would of necessity knock the person out, an MST Continuum has changed the nature of dying.
A year to live: how to live this year as if it were your last by Stephen Levine