The Five Invitations

The Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Book - 2017
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"Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation. The Five Invitations: don't wait; welcome everything, push away nothing; bring your whole self to the experience; find a place of rest in the middle of things; cultivate don't know mind. These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life's preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250074652
1250074657
Branch Call Number: 294.3423 Os
Characteristics: viii, 290 pages ; 25 cm

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gingercat108
Jun 15, 2018

An ideal Book Club suggestion. The Invitations brought very thought provoking responses at the book club I recently attended. Although author is working 'in the Zen tradition', several group members were able to relate to Bible references, so content can apply to almost any tradition.

Subject is sensitively handled, and leads a person to consider how they might 'live well' or handle end-of-life issues (to live more mindful now).

I liked this book, so I went and purchased my own copy!

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