I want to Live My Life More Fully

The cliché says, “We die as we live.” In my experience, that is not entirely true. But suppose we lived a life that turned toward what death had to teach, rather than trying only to avoid the inevitable? We can learn a lot about living fully when we get comfortable sitting with death.

When people are dying, it is easy for them to recognize that every minute, every breath counts. But the truth is, death is always with us, integral to life itself. Everything is constantly changing. Nothing is permanent. This idea can both frighten and inspire us. Yet if we listen closely, the message we hear is: Don’t wait.

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our

We know that we will die, yet we spend much of our lives trying very hard not to think about it. But is it wise to ignore death? Could we live better if we

Mindfulness is a straightforward enough word. It means the mind is fully attending to what is happening, to what you are working on, to the person you are

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. — Peggy O’MaraNo matter how you try, you can’t please your inner critic.There is

No one alive really understands death. But as one woman who was close to death once told me, “I see the exit signs much clearer than you do.” In a way,

“Apprentice yourself to the curve of your own disappearance.” — David WhyteTim Gouw Over the past thirty years, I have sat on the precipice of death

Slipping on my shoes Boiling water Toasting bread Buttering the sky: That should be enough contact with God In one day to make anyone crazy Buttering

No matter how you try, you can’t please your inner critic. There is no fooling it. The critic knows your every move, every trick up your sleeve, every bit

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There is a moment when we realize that we are about to become a companion of someone who is facing death.

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THE FIVE INVITATIONS

Discovering What Death
Can Teach Us About Living Fully

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.

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