A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If it Were Your Last

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Bell Tower, 1998 - Philosophy - 175 pages
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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.

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My sister recommended this book to me when she found it at her local library. She was suffering from systemic lupus at the time. For her, it was her "last year". For me, I learned how to live for today. It was the last thing we genuinely shared together. Read full review


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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Stephen Levine was born in Albany, New York on July 17, 1937. He attended the University of Miami. After working as an editor and writer in New York City, he was one of the founders of the San Francisco Oracle in 1966. He was a poet, author, and teacher of guided meditation and healing techniques. He and his wife Ondrea counseled the dying and their loved ones for more than 30 years. He was the author of several books including A Gradual Awakening, Meetings at the Edge, Healing into Life and Death, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last, and Becoming Kuan Yin: The Evolution of Compassion. He and his wife wrote Embracing the Beloved: Relationships as a Path of Awakening, To Love and Be Loved, and Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. He died on January 17, 2016 after a long illness at the age of 78.

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