By Stephen Levine
In his new booklet, Stephen Levine, writer of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us tips to dwell every one second, every one hour, every day mindfully--as if it have been all that was once left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his fans to perform loss of life because the optimum kind of knowledge. Levine made up our minds to dwell this manner himself for an entire yr, and now he stocks with us how such immediacy substantially alterations our view of the area and forces us to envision our priorities. so much people visit striking lengths to disregard, giggle off, or deny the truth that we will die, yet getting ready for dying is likely one of the most reasonable and profitable acts of a life-time. it's an workout that provides us the chance to accommodate unfinished enterprise and input right into a new and colourful dating with existence. Levine presents us with a year-long software of intensely functional innovations and strong guided meditations to aid with this paintings, in order that every time the last word second does arrive for every folks, we won't think that it has come too quickly.
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Especially in times of stress, we tend to follow well-worn paths and patterns. Our unwillingness to enter each moment fully, without judgment or the need to con trol it, simply produces more fear and resistance to that fear. We need to explore the moment in its unfolding, noting its preferences and patterning, its process and dynamics. We need to watch thwarted desire become first frustration, then resis tance, then a kind of dishonored pride (hurt feelings) and the nausea of helplessness, and soon aggression, doubt, and a trem bling avoidance of these feelings of dissonance and imbalance.
Just so with the wild rumors that echo back and forth in the tiny cortex and turn the body to shattered stone. Allowing the fear to float in an awareness that relates to it instead of from it, we examine the warp and woof of its tex tures in the body and examine its process in the mind as if it were occurring to our only child. As awareness embraces fear, control becomes less an issue, and the mind sinks into the heart. There is a space into which we can let go of even the confusion that is reflected from our concepts about death.
We explore it all: that in us which at times wishes to be dead as well as that in us which never dies. That which blocks the heart and confuses the mind as well as that which clears confusion and dissolves obstruction. Not imagining that "death will take care of everything," we come to realize that our "knowing," even our "understanding," is not enough. We must integrate our insights and encourage the weary mind to settle into the expansive heart. We begin to live our life firsthand, tasting our food instead of thinking it, lis tening to the music instead of just humming it, seeing a new face without characterizing it.