The Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Author: Frank Ostaseski

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250074665

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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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 Ten Steps of Positive Ageing

A handbook for personal change in later life

Author: Guy Robertson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472972791

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Ageing is inevitable – but getting 'old' is optional! We can make a difference to our ageing process – just as we have to learn to grow up, so we have to learn to grow old. Here is a route map we can all follow to find a way through the changes we face as we age, and a toolkit of exercises to help us follow our chosen path and fulfil our potential. Ageing has got a really bad press but is it really as bad as much of the media make out? And is there anything we can do to make our later years happier and healthier? In this handbook Guy Robertson assembles the case for the defense and explodes some myths along the way. Getting older is not all bad! Indeed the reality is much more positive than many of us could imagine. Find here ten steps that anyone can take to improve the likelihood of living a happy and satisfying life in old age. Research shows that how we think about ageing can have a very significant impact on our health and wellbeing in later life. Concentrating on the psychological and emotional aspects of ageing, these clear practical exercises will empower the reader to engage in a programme of personal change.

Leaves of Love

Stories for Ageing and Dying Well

Author: Lucy Aykroyd

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1789650887

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

View: 1885


Are you a carer or companion to someone who is ageing? Are you looking to enhance every moment of their lives to the end yet feel full of trepidation at the prospect? Leaves of Love is a simple yet essential guide for both layman and expert to keep by your side as you learn the beautiful and ancient art of accompanying another over these final transitions. Leaves of Love is laced with inspiring real-life stories that depict the rich gleanings to be found within ageing and the unexpected opportunities that can reveal themselves when we embrace the reality of our dying. These stories bring with them a tool bag of ideas and practical tips to empower the carer within all of us to value our own unique gifts and love as we have never loved before. With nature as our guide we learn how to be present when we visit a care home, what matters most as we sit with someone and how and what to expect when we are accompanying a dying person. ‘A gem of a book. Beautifully written with a warmth and empathy that make it a very uplifting read ... unafraid to discuss the aspects of dying that as a society, we tend to shrink away from’ Maria K 'Offers profound insights from the often hidden world at the end of life ... a reminder that people's last days on earth can be sweet, intimate and precious. It reminded me that every day of life can be lived well’ Dru J 'This is so lovely! I have cried as I read it. I think this book should be shared widely. It's not a technical book or an academic read but I do think it could be a powerful recommended read for all care givers' Carol C

Walking Each Other Home

Conversations on Loving and Dying

Author: Ram Dass,Mirabai Bush

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1683642058

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6865


We all sit on the edge of a mystery. We have only known this life, so dying scares us—and we are all dying. But what if dying were perfectly safe? What would it look like if you could approach dying with curiosity and love, in service of other beings? What if dying were the ultimate spiritual practice? Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush began their friendship more than four decades ago at the foot of their guru, Neem Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji. He transmitted to them a simple philosophy: love everyone, tell the truth, and give up attachment to material things. After impacting millions of people through the years with these teachings, they have reunited once more with Walking Each Other Home to enlighten and engage readers on the spiritual opportunities within the dying process. They generously share intimate personal experiences and timeless practices, told with courage, humor, and heart, gently exploring every aspect of this journey. And, at 86 years old, Ram Dass reminds us, “This time we have a real deadline.” In Walking Each Other Home, readers will learn about: guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, leaving a spiritual legacy, creating a sacred space for dying, and much more. “Everybody you have ever loved is a part of the fabric of your being now,” says Ram Dass. The body may die, but the soul remains. Death is an invitation to a new kind of relationship, in the place where we are all One. Join these two lifelong friends and spiritual luminaries as they explore what it means to live and die consciously, remember who we really are, and illuminate the path we walk together.

7 Questions About Life After Life

A Collaboration Between Two Souls, One Incarnate on Earth, and One on the Other Side Who Share a Greater Reality

Author: Cynthia Spring,Frances Vaughan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780999698914


Page: 170

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Dialogue between incarnate and discarnate friends through automatic writing

Diving Deeper

Mastering the Five Pools of Happiness

Author: David Kuenzli

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1608444023

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Using a unique paradigm for understanding and creating deeper happiness, the author describes the five pools (or levels) of happiness, and the turbulent waters and dangerous undertows to avoid. The reader will discover ways to savor the pleasures of life, achieve a balanced sense of success, create a more meaningful life by discovering one's life passions, find one's "heart's passion" and learn to use it to make a positive difference in the world, transform pain and suffering into deeper happiness and joy, and be fully present to one's inner and outer life. The author also includes more than three dozen inspiring essays written by his friends, as they reflect on what life passions bring them joy.--From publisher's statement, p. [4] of cover.

The Whole Language Catalog Supplement on Authentic Assessment

Author: Kenneth S. Goodman,Lois Bridges Bird,Yetta M. Goodman

Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780383035370

Category: Educational tests and measurements

Page: 190

View: 5596


More than 100 whole language educators, researchers, parents, and students have contributed to this comprehensive source book of innovative approaches to student evaluation.