Living Fully, Dying Well Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning

ISBN-10: 1591797012
ISBN-13: 9781591797012
Edition: 2009
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Description: Most of us try to avoid thinking about deathuntil the moment it stares us in the face. But as Tina L. Staley and Edward W. Bastian have discovered, when we engage with our inevitable mortality at this moment, we open the door to fearlessness, joy,  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 374
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Most of us try to avoid thinking about deathuntil the moment it stares us in the face. But as Tina L. Staley and Edward W. Bastian have discovered, when we engage with our inevitable mortality at this moment, we open the door to fearlessness, joy, and the complete experience of being alive. In Dying Without Fear, these two healers present a guide for bringing an open mind and heart to the final challenge we all must face. Integrating scientific and spiritual perspectives from around the world, this collection of teachings includes: Life review exercises to access the liberating deathbed revelation at any stage of your life Practices for easing the suffering of a terminal illness Essential teachings about gratitudethe key practice for living life fully at any age. Featuring the wisdom of Joan Halifax, Dr. Ira Byock, Tessa Bielecki, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, and more, Dying Without Fear is an illuminating, informativeand even excitingguide to consciously embracing our mortality. Readers will discover that when we prepare to cross the final threshold with honesty and courage, we enrich every day we live in this world.

Edward W. Bastian, Ph.D., is a Buddhist scholar, president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation (which offers retreats, classes, and a two-year certificate program in InterSpiritual Wisdom), and co-author of the award-winning book, Living Fully, Dying Well (2009).

Note to the Reader
Introduction
Dialogue and Reflection on Living Fully and Dying Well
Coming to Terms with Our Mortality
A Life of Deaths, and More Life!
Care from the Heart
Living Through Our Dying
The Great Opportunity
Purgatory and the River of Light and Gaia, Samsara, Narnia
Life After Life?
Afterlife and Reincarnation Reconsidered
Final Thoughts: The Concluding Dialogue
Are You Living Fully?
Resources for Living Fully and Dying Well
Introduction
Life Review Exercises
The Cycles of Our Life
The Turning Points
The Journey to Our Future Self
Exercises for Facing Our Mortality
Examining Our Ideas About Death
Doing Our Philosophical Homework
Scripting Our Last Moments on Earth
Letters of Appreciation
A Voice for the Planet
Exercises for Healing Emotional Wounds and Forgiveness
Healing a Painful Memory
Giving Ourselves the Gift of Forgiveness
A Testimonial Dinner for Severe Teachers
Practices for Transforming Pain and Suffering
Transforming Pain Through Awareness
Transforming Pain with Affirmations of Loving-Kindness
Transforming Pain with Affirmations of Compassion
Transforming Pain with Affirmations of Equanimity
Acceptance of Pain and Surrendering
Transforming Pain Through the Elements
Affirmations for Forgiveness
Meditations and Preparation for the Moment of Death
The Body Scan Meditation
The Dissolution of the Body Meditation
Practices for the Caregiver and the Bereaved
Practicing with a Dying Person
Giving and Receiving: A Practice of Mercy
Preparing the Body after Death
Facing Loss
Visualizations for Emotional Healing
The Path
Forgiveness
Light
Ministering to the Bereaved
Acknowledgments
Notes
A Selected Reading List
Index
About the Authors
Contributors
The Spiritual Paths Foundation
Pathfinders

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