A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as if It Were Your Last

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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 ...
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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.

Contemporary spiritual teacher Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (275,000 copies sold to date) dealt with how to use the consciousness of our mortality to live a better life. Now the author of the perennial bestseller Who Dies? tells us how to live mindfully each moment, each hour, each day as if it were all that was left. BOMC and QPBC Alternate Selection. 176 pp. National publicity & author tour.

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On New Year's Eve in 1994, Levine and his wife, Ondrea, vowed to live the next year as if it were their last. As a counselor for the terminally ill and author of many works on spirituality and dying, Levine has come to believe that preparing for or "practicing" death reminds one of the beauty of life. In this production of his book (Crown, 1997), Levine himself relates his experiences and emotions in his yearlong experiment in "conscious living." He emphasizes his philosophies about life and death rather than giving a month-by-month account. Drawing on the dogma of many faiths including Buddhism, Native American religions, and Christianity, Levine describes the dying process as a change of state. Laden with New Age terminology, Levine's prose tends to sound stilted. Recommended only where the author has a strong following.Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609801949
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 213,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Catching Up with Your Life 3
2 Practice Dying 8
3 Preparing to Die 14
4 Dying from the Common Cold 18
5 Renewing Evolution 21
6 Famous Last Words 26
7 Fear of Fear 29
8 Noticing 34
9 A Commitment to Life 39
10 Fear of Dying 45
11 Fear of Death 51
12 The Moment of Death 56
13 The Act of Dying 59
14 Dying Contemplation 61
15 Jennifer 67
16 Life Review 69
17 Forgiveness 88
18 Gratitude 93
19 Keeping a Journal 98
20 Altaring Your Life 100
21 Living in the Body 103
22 With Death Just over My Shoulder 106
23 Letting Go of Control 108
24 July 110
25 Tom 112
26 Who Dies? 114
27 Original Face 118
28 After-Death Experiences 122
29 Beyond the House of Death 127
30 Return Appearances 129
31 Reincarnation 131
32 Peter and Tim 137
33 Disposing of the Corpse 140
34 Finding the Lotus Before Winter 146
35 Armando and the Floating World 151
36 A Good Day to Die 154
37 Name That Tune 156
38 Aging 159
39 December 161
Epilogue 167
Appendix Group Practice 169
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