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By Stephen Levine

In his new e-book, Stephen Levine, writer of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us easy methods to reside 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 loss of life because the optimum type of knowledge. Levine made up our minds to stay this fashion himself for a complete yr, and now he stocks with us how such immediacy greatly alterations our view of the area and forces us to envision our priorities. such a lot people visit remarkable lengths to disregard, snort off, or deny the truth that we'll die, yet getting ready for dying is among the most obvious and lucrative acts of a life-time. 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 sensible ideas and robust guided meditations to assist with this paintings, in order that at any time when the last word second does arrive for every folks, we can't consider that it has come too quickly.

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But why wait for a terminal di­ agnosis before opening to the potential grace and wonder of this living moment. No one can afford to put this work off any longer, because almost no one knows the day on which the last year begins. DYING THE FROM COMMON COLD A n interesting way to practice dying is by opening to illness. Each time you get a cold or the Au use it as an opportunity to soften around the unpleasant and in­ vestigate how resistance turns pain into suffering, the unpleas­ ant into the unbearable.

In the gymnasium of life, the states of mind around death are a three-hundred-pound weight. Even if you and I attempted with all our might to lift even a few hundred pounds together, we would probably be unsuccessful and become resistant to any further kind of weightlifting. But you and I can work out all day with the five-, ten-, and even twenty-pound weights, grad­ ually building our strength. We miss our daily opportunity to increase our stamina by overlooking those little workouts life constantly makes available-the little fears and doubts, the slight angers, the five- and ten-pound weights of an ordinary day that we do our best to ignore, burying that which might set us free.

This noting of mental states encourages a deeper recognition of what is happening while it is happening. It allows us to be more fully alive to the present rather than living our life as an afterthought. It enables us to watch with mercy, if not humor, the uninvited swirl of "mixed emotions" not as something in need of judgment but as a work in progress. The mind is in a constant state of flux. No thought, no feel­ ing, no sensation lasts for more than an instant before it is transformed into the next state, the next thought, the next sen­ sation.

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