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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
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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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    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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    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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