The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
ISBN: 1250074657
EAN13: 9781250074652
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 14, 2017
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.18" H x 9.13" L x 6.06" W
Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and pioneer behind the compassionate care movement shares an inspiring exploration of the lessons dying has to offer about living a fulfilling life.

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

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   Beautiful, meaningful, straightforward
I would put it in the top five of all time books. His language is concise, yet impactful. He comes from his heart in a way that I believe will resonate with all people, regardless of previous experience, religious affiliation, cultural background, etc. This book is especially impactful for anyone who comes from a Buddhist background or for anyone who is even mildly interesting with Buddhist psychology. Even if you have an interest in Buddhism, having a book of your own to read is not necessary. I am grateful to have learned from the life wisdom of someone such as Frank Quattrone, McCartney said. It's great to hear from Dr. Goin that people recommend it.
   Very powerful
I listened to it on Audible and found it to be very good.
This book has great reviews but I just wasn't impressed with it. I was looking for something to help sort through and calm my fears of death and dying, but this book didn't deliver. It doesn't teach you how to LIVE while you are still alive.
   A book to know how to find inner peace
I'm not alone: The Five Invitations are playing softly on repeat. It's part of my daily mantra, whenever my mind does its chatter and puts things off-Don't Wait. Or get anxious and find a place of rest in the midst of things. Instead of trying to hide behind your whole self, try to bring everything into the situation or deny a situation. Thanks to all the people at CBS Television, Frank Quattrone said.
   As long as we live with mindfulness, compassion, empathy and love, life does not end but grows with each generation.
The book on techniques that offer the care giver and the cared for a connection that offers respect, love and mindfulness for the time during the completion of life experience.
   Touching, inspiring, and beautifully written
In this beautiful tapestry of stories about family and loss, Frank Ostaseski weaves together a rich tapestry of experiences of how mindfulness and compassionate presence transform difficult moments into acceptance. Anyone who is offering care to family or friends facing the end of life and to anyone who simply wants to be inspired to live more fully each and every moment of life.
   Give yourself a gift and read this book.
The invitations are a guide to a life well-lived. I first met Frank when I was looking for a way to deepen my work with cancer patients who were being treated at a large NCI cancer center. Now this book is available to share Frank's wisdom with as many people as possible. You may have received a great present, Frank, by accepting his invitation to have a cup of tea with your death. A deeper, kinder, more loving life awaits you.
   The Perfect Gift
He has a great big heart, Raymond said. In his book, Frost writes of his own experiences as a compassionate witness to life and death. I want to give it to everyone I know, especially my colleagues in health care.
   Thank you for your beautiful book.
I was captivated by the book, which I read in a 24-hour period. As I got closer to the end, I found myself reading a lot slower because I didn't want to end. I was inspired by the stories of people who lived to the end of their lives. The part that impressed me was not just stories of inspiration on how I can embrace my days, but also I found wisdom as a new mom, and how to savor these moments with my little one more, she said. There was a chapter about grief that hit me in a way that was very profound and moving, it opened up a place in my heart about a dear friend that just couldn't heal, Raymond said. I've come to a new understanding on how to be with that loss and feel complete with it. Thanks for your beautiful book.