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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


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ISBN13: 9780609801949
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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.


This book provides a year-long program of practical strategies and guided meditations to help with the work of entering into a new relationship with both life and death.

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Shoshana, March 14, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
I usually like Levine's work so I was disappointed with this rather weak offering. Composed more of exhortations and pronouncements about the qualities and meaning he ascribes to dying (but states as reality) than of activities and practices for a "one year to live" exploration, it lacked the intellectual rigor and logic that the Buddhist texts demonstrate. It was disorganized, and though at times I found it interesting, I primarily found it annoying. I do not believe in the continued existence of consciousness or a soul after death, so many of Levine's comments were jarring, especially as he referenced atheism fairly positively. Levine's version of "getting ready for death" seems to be less about learning to be in the here and now rather than living in fear, and more about being ready for a post-death journey of transformation. It is certainly his prerogative to hold whatever view he holds, but sermonizing about the character of the afterlife is not convincing when supported by neither logic nor evidence. Many Buddhist writers manage this elegantly.

In the audiobook version, Levine pauses ponderously (even when playback is sped up) in a manner that took me out of contemplation rather than into it.
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Levine, Stephen
Bell Tower Book
New York :
Spiritual life
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Conduct of life
Terminally ill
Spirituality - General
Attitude to death.
Terminally ill -- Psychology.
Personal Satisfaction.
Self-actualization (psychology)
Philosophy | Ethics
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8.02x5.19x.45 in. .37 lbs.

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