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“[D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. (95)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful. (79)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it. (74)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“[D]on’t cling to your self-righteous suffering, let it go. . . . Nothing is too good to be true, let yourself be forgiven. To the degree you insist that you must suffer, you insist on the suffering of others as well. (90)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?”
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“If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. (48)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain we, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. (43)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“[T]hose who insist they've got their 'shit together' are usually standing in it at the time. (16)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion.”
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“You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. (24)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence. (29)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die? (88)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“I have seen many die, surrounded by loved ones, and their last words were ‘I love you.’ There were some who could no longer speak yet with their eyes and soft smile left behind that same healing message. I have been in rooms where those who were dying made it feel like sacred ground. (26)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Until we find out who was born this time around, it seems irrelevant to seek earlier identities. I have heard many people speak of who they believe they were in previous incarnations, but they seem to have very little idea of who they are in this one. . . . Let’s take one life at a time. Perhaps the best way to do that is to live as though there were no afterlife or reincarnation. To live as though this moment was all that was allotted. (132)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“That which is impermanent attracts compassion. That which is not provides wisdom. (116)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Quoting son, Noah Levine: Once you see what the heart really needs, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to live or die, the work is always the same. (25)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Our life is composed of events and states of mind. How ewe appraise our life from our deathbed will be predicated not only on what came to us in life but how we lived with it. It will not be simply illness or health, riches or poverty, good luck or bad, which ultimately define whether we believe we have had a good life or not, but the quality of our relationship to these situations: the attitudes of our states of mind. (34)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“There is nothing noble about suffering except the love and forgiveness with which we meet it. Many believe that if they are suffering they are closer to God, but I have met very few who could keep their heart open to their suffering enough for that to be true. (124)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Death is perfectly safe. (55)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“[C]oncepts of dying in to a heaven or hell seem a good deal more political than spiritual. (124)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“I have seem even those who have long since abjured God die in grace. . . . Atheists don't use their drying to bargain for a better seat at the table; indeed they may not even believe supper is being served. They are not storing up 'merit.'; They just smile because their heart is ripe. They are kind for no particular reason; they just love.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“In Chinese, the word for heart and mind is the same -- Hsin. For when the heart is open and the mind is clear they are of one substance, of one essence.”
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“God is not someone or something separate but is the suchness in each moment, the underlying reality.”
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“I have never lived a life so much larger than death. (93)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“To heal is to touch with love that which was previously touched by fear.”
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“Relate to the fear, not just from it. (50)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“When we recognize that, just like the glass, our body is already broken, that indeed we are already dead, then life becomes precious, and we open to it just as it is, in the moment it is occurring. When we understand that all our loved ones are already dead — our children, our mates, our friends — how precious they become. How little fear can interpose; how little doubt can estrange us. When you live your life as though you're already dead, life takes on new meaning. Each moment becomes a whole lifetime, a universe unto itself.

When we realize we are already dead, our priorities change, our heart opens, and our mind begins to clear of the fog of old holdings and pretendings. We watch all life in transit, and what matters becomes instantly apparent: the transmission of love; the letting go of obstacles to understanding; the relinquishment of our grasping, of our hiding from ourselves. Seeing the mercilessness of our self-strangulation, we begin to come gently into the light we share with all beings. If we take each teaching, each loss, each gain, each fear, each joy as it arises and experience it fully, life becomes workable. We are no longer a "victim of life." And then every experience, even the loss of our dearest one, becomes another opportunity for awakening.

If our only spiritual practice were to live as though we were already dead, relating to all we meet, to all we do, as though it were our final moments in the world, what time would there be for old games or falsehoods or posturing? If we lived our life as though we were already dead, as though our children were already dead, how much time would there be for self-protection and the re-creation of ancient mirages? Only love would be appropriate, only the truth.”
Stephen Levine, Who Dies?
“It is not for the concept, but for the experience, that we use the term the Beloved. The experience of this enormity we falteringly label divine is unconditioned love. Absolute openness, unbounded mercy and compassion. We use this concept, not to name the unnameable vastness of being-- our greatest joy-- but to acknowledge and claim as our birthright the wonders and healings within.”
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“...forgiveness is not a condoning of the unskillful act which has caused injury, but a touching of the actor with mercy and loving kindness. ”
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“...healing comes not from being loving but from being itself. It is not a case of being clear but of clear being. This healing is not about anything else but being itself. Nothing separate, no edges, nothing to limit healing. Entering, in moments, the realm of pure being, the gateless gate swings open-- beyond life and death, our original face shines back at us.”
Stephen Levine, Healing Into Life and Death

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