By Stephen Levine
In his new booklet, Stephen Levine, writer of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us the best way to dwell each one second, every one hour, every day mindfully--as if it have been all that used to be left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his fans to perform loss of life because the maximum type of knowledge. Levine made up our minds to reside this manner himself for a complete 12 months, and now he stocks with us how such immediacy considerably alterations our view of the realm and forces us to ascertain our priorities. such a lot folks visit outstanding lengths to disregard, chortle off, or deny the truth that we will die, yet getting ready for dying is likely one of the most logical and worthwhile acts of an entire life. it's an workout that provides us the chance to accommodate unfinished enterprise and input right into a new and colourful courting with existence. Levine offers us with a year-long application of intensely functional thoughts and strong guided meditations to aid with this paintings, in order that each time the last word second does arrive for every folks, we can't suppose that it has come too quickly.
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How often has our life passed unno ticed? How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die? 9 A COMMITMENT TO LIFE W: at a luxury to have a year to live! With 250,000 eople dying each day, and knowing we are some where down that line, who has time to put life aside? We prepare for death by living every second, living life minutely, exploring our body and mind with a merciful aware ness. To be this close to the moment in which our life is unfold ing we need to cultivate a deeper awareness through the development of a meditation practice.
Don't be embarrassed to have this much love for some part of yourself. When we begin to respond to discomfort instead of react ing to it, an enormous change occurs. We begin to experience it not as just "our" pain but as "the" pain. And it becomes acces sible to a level of compassion perhaps previously unknown. When it's "the" cancer instead of "my" cancer I can relate to others with the same difficulty, and I can send compassion into the cancer rather than helplessly avoiding it and turning its pain to suffering.
We will notice how we are driven to eat by hunger and moved by social fears and considerations to go to work, until one day we will realize how much of our life is a compulsive attempt to escape discomfort. We are motivated more by an aversion 'to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. AR TO LIVE. ness begins to draw all such compulsive activities into clearer awareness.