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The Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Flatiron Books
 | 
March, 2017
ISBN:
9781250074652
In stock now: 
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$38.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Pioneering Zen Hospice caregiver Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, is 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. He dedicates the book to his mentor, Stephen Levine, and begins the book with this:

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. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer. 

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 caregiving and the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into The Five Invitations : a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

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 a don’t know mind

will, if lived, show us how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives.

They are five mutually supportive principles, permeated with love. They have served me as reliable guides for coping with death. And, as it turns out, they are equally relevant guides to living a life of integrity… I think of these as five bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened. They have little value as theories. To be understood, they have to be lived into and realized through action.

These five invitations 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.

Rachel Naomi Remen writes in her foreword:

The great depth of experience he brings to this book can only be accumulated by those who are fearless, who have found their way to stillness and presence, who possess an ability to connect to the heart and soul of others, and who are blessed with the gift of story for sharing the road traveled. The Five Invitations is filled with stories so profound that they function as a compass, a way to travel an unknown road to a desired destination. Many of the true stories in this book can be read as parables, wisdom stories that enable us all to live more purposefully and wisely in many diverse circumstances…

 

This book is not someone’s ideas or beliefs about what the experience of dying is and means. It is a sharing of deep experience by a superbly aware observer. It invites you to grow your eyes

 

I am reminded that death, like love, is intimate, and that intimacy is the condition of the deepest learning.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 in life. So begins Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, 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 caregiving and the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into The Five Invitations : 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-Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing; Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience; Don't Wait; Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and Cultivate a Don't Know Mind-show how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives. This stunning, unforgettable book offers a radical path to transformation.

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