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A Year to Live

How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Crown/Bell Tower
 | 
April, 1998
ISBN:
9780609801949
Quantity: 
2
$17.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies? and Healing into Life and Death, is an articulate teacher of being, and his long experience in meditation and working with the dying infuses his writing with a “let’s-get-to-the-heart-of-things” feeling. In A Year to Live he writes about how to live mindfully each moment, each hour, each day as if it were all that was left.

When everything is brought up to date, and the heart is turned toward itself, it is a good day to die....

Experience each breath as though it were the last. Enter each moment, each conversation, each lovemaking, each meal, each prayer, each meditation as though there may never be another....

We enter life so fully that even if we died it would not spoil our day.

Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year and in this book shares with us how such immediacy radically changes everything and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the inevitable fact of death, but preparing for death, he points out, is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime.

Stephen provides us with practical strategies and powerful guided meditations and exercises (such as “Soft Belly Meditation,” “Fear Contemplation,” “Life Review Process,” “An Essential Gratitude Contemplation for Good Times and Bad,” “Preparation to Die or Meditate, Whichever Comes First,” etc.) 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.

This is a book of renewal. It is not simply about dying but about the restoration of the heart, which comes about when we confront our life and death with mercy and awareness. It is an opportunity to resolve our denial of death as well as our denial of life in a year-long experiment in healing, joy, and revitalization.

This heartful book, lit with a wry “grateful dead” wit, will make a precious “wake-up” gift to ourselves or those we love.

The gradual decline of the body is fascinating. It is a slow cemetery meditation. It’s our reflection in the funeral parlor window. It reminds us how short life may be and how sweet it might become.

The body takes about seven years to replace all its cells. As we age original factory parts get harder to come by. We accept seconds and rebuilds. Some are even transplanted with recycled parts. We get less miles to the gallon, and eventually, after several towings, we must abandon the body by the side of the road. From there we must go the rest of the way alone with just our heart for guidance.

Publisher’s Description: 

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.In A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last, Stephen Levine presents an approach to death and dying that radically changes one’s view of the world and forces a re-examination of priorities. It is a preparation for death that proves to be most rational and extremely rewarding, providing an opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Utilizing practical strategies and guided meditations, Levine outlines a year-long program of life in preparation for death.

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