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.
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Walking Each Other Home

Conversations on Loving and Dying

Author: Ram Dass,Mirabai Bush

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1683642058

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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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.
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Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader

Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

Author: Marc Lesser

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608685195

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader evolved out of Marc Lesser's work helping to create Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program at Google. In this transformative book, he distills a lifetime of contemplative practice and business experience into seven simple, powerful practices for optimizing mindful leadership at work, as well as living a full and meaningful life: • Love the work • Do the work • Don't be an expert • Connect to your pain • Connect to the pain of others • Depend on others • Keep making it simpler
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Caring for the Dying

The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death

Author: Henry Fersko-Weiss

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1633410366

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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Caring for the Dying describes a whole new way to approach death and dying. It explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. Created by Henry Fersko-Weiss, the end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving. Emphasis is placed on the space around the dying person and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process. Throughout the book Fersko-Weiss tells amazing and encouraging stories of the people he has cared for, as well as stories that come from doulas he has trained and worked with over the years. What is unique about this book is the well-conceived and thorough approach it describes to working skillfully with the dying. The guidance provided can help a dying person, their family, and caregivers to transform the dying experience from one of fear and despair into one that is uplifting and even life affirming. You will see death in a new light and gain a different perspective on how to help the dying. It may even change the way you live your life right now.
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Sweet Sorrow

Finding Enduring Wholeness after Loss and Grief

Author: Sherry Cormier, Ph.D

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538114186

Category: Self-Help

Page: 180

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Sweet Sorrow illustrates through story and example, grounded in psychological principles and practices, ways for grief survivors to start over, manage chaos and stress, and heal with new strategies. Sweet Sorrow also provides recommendations for self-care and guidelines for responding to those suffering from heartbreaking losses.
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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

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Page: 170

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Dialogue between incarnate and discarnate friends through automatic writing
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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.
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What Happens in Saudi Arabia, Stays in Saudi Arabia (Except for This Book)

A Three-year Adventure

Author: Liz Stanton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434393070

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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I attempted in my book to relay who I am, through my writing and expressing my innermost feelings in regards to many different aspects of life. Not life as some might try to reveal its secrets, but life as what it is. As merely a man who thinks and loves. A man who hurts and laughs and sings to the world to give of who he is, in the hopes that some may understand what his words mean, what he truly is inside. To be known for who I truly am. Yes, it is that important. No different from my music. It was necessary to say it and for all to hear. What I see every day, what I feel. To love and to be loved, love is everything. These things and more I poured of myself into my book to reveal myself fully to you. To allow you to see what I feel in regards to many things and to possibly agree or to at least think about what you've read. To do this, to me is true success. To make even a small difference.
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