By Stephen Levine
In his new publication, Stephen Levine, writer of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us easy methods to dwell every one second, each one hour, every day mindfully--as if it have been all that was once left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his fans to perform death because the optimum type of knowledge. Levine made up our minds to dwell this fashion himself for a complete yr, and now he stocks with us how such immediacy extensively alterations our view of the area and forces us to ascertain our priorities. such a lot people visit amazing lengths to disregard, snigger off, or deny the truth that we will die, yet getting ready for dying is likely one of the most logical and profitable acts of an entire life. it really is an workout that offers us the chance to accommodate unfinished company and input right into a new and colourful dating with lifestyles. Levine offers us with a year-long application of intensely functional recommendations and robust guided meditations to assist with this paintings, in order that at any time when the final word second does arrive for every people, we can't suppose that it has come too quickly.
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It lets go now into life. It practices its dying by surrendering the luxury of its suffering. It goes beyond itself to become itself. So we see that our fears of death are reinforced by our fear of a difficult dying. Yet our fear of dying is really more like the fear of falling, while our fear of death is our trepidation of the landing. In death we "fall" upward. " Dying is the domain of the body. Death is the domain of the heart. Keep dying in its place-the body. Don't let it affect death. Dying is to death as birth is to life.
It does not ostracize that part of the body which is in discomfort but in stead invites it into the heart for relief from the resistance that intensifies suffering. Although I have seen people who opened like exotic flow ers on their deathbed seemingly without much preparation, this is not something you can count on. AR OF DYING 47 people lived their lives with some degree of awareness and at least a modicum of common courtesy. I have seen even those who have long since abjured God die in grace.
Fear is an ever-changing process of grieving. Note the multiple states of mind that comprise this intricate process. Watch an instant's tremulous inquiry turn to trepidation, then to distrust, then to avoidance and doubt. To helplessness and feelings of inadequacy. To aggression, and pride, and then to trepidation once again. Let fear float, and begin to dissolve, in the spaciousness of soft-belly. Let it come and let it go. T here is nothing to fear in fear. The sincere exploration of fear results in a fearlessness which does not even wish fear to go away but to become open and free.