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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
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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 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definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay.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
“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
“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
“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
“[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
“Death is perfectly safe. (55)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“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
“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
“Open yourself to discomfort. Meet it with mercy, not fear. Recognize that when our pain most calls for our embrace, we are often the least present. Soften, enter, and explore, and continue softening to make room for your life.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“An interesting way to practice dying is by opening to illness. Each time you get a cold or the flu use it as an opportunity to soften around the unpleasant and investigate how resistance turns pain into suffering, the unpleasant into the unbearable. Notice how discomfort attracts grief. Watch the shadows gather in the aching body. Hear them mutter in complaint and self-pity.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Approach illness as an experiment in staying present, in opening your heart in hell. Discuss how we fear our hidden pain even more than death, and how noting and mindfulness brings that pain to the surface where it can be healed.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Practice daily forgiveness and gratitude meditations in relationship to both pleasant and unpleasant memories. Listen to your life song among the insights that hum through the mind.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“What we describe as “our life” is not the sum total of what has passed through our hands but what has passed through our minds. Our life isn’t only a collection of people and places, it is a continuum of the ever-changing feelings they engender. It isn’t only what you’ve touched, it’s what you’ve felt of what you touched.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“To know your life is to know intimately what you are feeling. Or to put it another way: to be aware of what state of mind predominates in consciousness. The noting of mental states encourages a deeper recognition of what is happening while it is happening. It allows us to be more fully alive in the present rather than living our life as an afterthought. It enables us to watch with mercy, if not humor, the uninvited swirl of “mixed emotions” not as something in need of judgment but as a work in progress.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Because noting states of mind as they arise keep us present, it allows us to meet difficulties at their inception – before they become more real than we are.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Naming of things as they are, without embellishment, make approachable those afflictive emotions and heavy states that obscure the heart. We know that we can’t let go of anything we don’t accept, the noting brings us into the presence of that which often distracts us from the present. It allows the healing in. And as we observe the appearance of things, we more easily acknowledge their subsequent disappearance, and some come to an appreciation of impermanence.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
“Once we can see the major shifts from liking to disliking, from opened to close, we will be able to acknowledge them before they gain momentum.”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

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