The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
This beautiful book is at home in an energising genre that finally allow us to talk about death, other examples of which include The Last Lecture and When Breath Becomes Air. 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 in life. So begins Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, MD Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. A renowned teacher of compassionate care-giving, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us about how to forge rich and meaningful lives. The 'Five Invitations' show us how to accept and embrace dying in the midst of a death-denying era and explain how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives. This stunning, unforgettable book offers a radical path to transformation.
Frank Ostaseski, cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and the Metta Institute, is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer, and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. He has been honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and AARP named him one of America's 50 Most Innovative People. He teaches at healthcare and spiritual institutions, like the Mayo Clinic and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and his work has been featured on programs such as the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among others.