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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last Paperback – April 14, 1998
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Socrates believed that we should "always be occupied in the practice of dying" in order to appreciate our living. So imagine that you only have one year left to live. What would you do differently? For one year Stephen Levine (also the author of Who Dies?) consciously chose activities, relationships, and spiritual practices that reflected life's urgency rather than life's complacency. From his experience comes this year-long program of strategies and guided meditations to help us feel satiated when our numbers come up. Lessons include "Gratitude," "Disposing of the Corpse," "Finding the Lotus Before Winter," and "Beyond the House of Death." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But the book is not for the physically dying. He and others have written books to help people facing that tragic fate. Instead, "A Year to Live" is for those of us who do not want to reach the end of our lives with regrets. The book helps you find joy, gratitude, peace, and forgiveness while we still have plenty of time to enjoy them. The best exercise for accomplishing these states is to imagine what you would do with your life if told you have a year to live. Like the old saying, "No one on their deathbed ever says, 'I should have spent more time at the office.'"
"A Year to Live" is the book to read if you don't want to reach the end of your life with feelings of regret, failure, shame, or loneliness.
I read this book many years ago, and have recommended it many times. Now my husband is going through a crisis of the soul so I just ordered it for him (having loaned my copy out at some point). He is as far from new-agey as they come, yet is finding enormous value in reading it. The key is a willingness to look for the unseen powers of love, forgiveness (etc) and the spirituality inherent in everything.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is brave enough to look upon death as being an integral part of life.
I found the in depth detailing and complex metaphors to be engaging and inspirational. He quite convincingly shares the potential for the practices and offers an amazing reward.
It only remains to do, efforts will not be wasted.
Combined with easy to understand but in depth discussion on certain influences in life and discussions on the type of mind chatter that create the problems mentally in people's lives that keep them from change. Change is good, and necessary.
I don't recommend too many books but this is on my top three list next to Buddha in Blue Jeans, which is a simple short read but excellent in the progression of well being also.