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The Five Invitations Audiobook

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

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Publisher's Summary

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"

These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life's preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

©2017 Frank Ostaseski (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Ron 04-14-17
    Ron 04-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great book"

    Another great story teller.
    I will be revisiting this one again at least once.
    We could all be so fortunate to have someone around like Frank when our time comes.
    Great insights on how to be with someone who is dying or has passed.
    Thank you Frank for your knowing experience and your wise, honest not knowing.

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    suebeeny 08-15-17
    suebeeny 08-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "life and death changing words"

    deep wisdom
    helpful
    great story teller voice
    loved it very much
    highly recommended to all
    comforting for those of us who worry about death

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    Santiago 08-13-17
    Santiago 08-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Profund, insightful and full of presence!"

    This is one of those beautiful books that is not so easy to find, full of compassionate wisdom. I really enjoyed listening it!

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    Randell smith 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "beautiful, and life changing."

    I was a house orderly in a large city hospital, and his stories really moved me,and having just lost my mother,I was comforted by his loving stories.

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    M. O'Brien Cincinnati, OH 06-22-17
    M. O'Brien Cincinnati, OH 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Read this book!"

    Putting into words what this book is about is not easy since it is almost 100 percent experiential. Beautifully narrated by the author whose voice speaks to love of life and the journey he is on. Listening to stories about the dying and how they have enriched his life was, and still is inspiring and very affirming, viewing death and life as one, putting to rest the notion of good death/bad death. Thank you, Frank.

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    julia parks 06-07-17
    julia parks 06-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Most Empowering Reading Experience Ever"

    My experiences with grief and death has been edified, enriched and a permission given to feel every aspect of both was gifted to me through the reading of this book. The outcome currently is one of where I am actively engaged in an intimate dance with grief, and I am simply flowing with the steps as they are presented. Thank you Frank for writing this book, which has allowed it to assist me through my personal journey. I am forever grateful to you.

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    Vanda Marlow Mill Valley, CA United States 05-11-17
    Vanda Marlow Mill Valley, CA United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "gorgeous reading of deep wisdom"
    If you could sum up The Five Invitations in three words, what would they be?

    profound, wise, helpful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    this is non-fiction, but there are many real life characters in stories that Frank tells of people he has met on the precipice of death. Truly beautiful and moving, wise and at times full of himan humor


    What about Frank Ostaseski’s performance did you like?

    his voice is so comforting, and rich. A rare privilege to hear a respected teacher read his own words- an intimate experience so different from having an actor read


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    Nancy J. Napier New York, NY USA 05-04-17
    Nancy J. Napier New York, NY USA 05-04-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply wonderful..."

    This book is inspiring, settling, centering, and so very wise. It is one of the few books I will listen to again…

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