Follow-up Information to Carla’s “Five Invitations” Talk 5/31/20

Below is some of the material I mentioned in my talk today based on The Five Invitations.

First of all, there is the book, The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski.

I also mentioned the new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor.

Here is the link for the recent 3-part series called “Bearing Witness Together” with Frank Ostaseski and Joan Halifax.
https://www.upaya.org/bearing-witness-information-page/

Here’s a free online documentary film premier “My Year of Living Mindfully” – well done with interviews with some of the leading mindfulness researchers.  It’s only free through June 3rd.

https://www.myyearoflivingmindfully.com/onlinepremiere

Below is the script for the “Just Like Me” lovingkindness meditation by Ram Das and Mirabai Bush that I led today:

This person has a body and a mind, just like me.
This person has feelings, emotions, and thoughts, just like me.
This person has experienced physical and emotional pain and suffering, just like me.
This person has at some time been sad, disappointed, angry, or hurt, just like me.
This person has felt unworthy or inadequate, just like me.
This person worries and is frightened sometimes, just like me.
This person will die, just like me.
This person has longed for friendship, just like me.
This person is learning about life, just like me.
This person wants to be caring and kind to others, just like me.
This person wants to be content with what life has given them, just like me.
This person wishes to be free from pain and suffering, just like me.
This person wishes to be safe and healthy, just like me.
This person wishes to be happy, just like me.This person wishes to be loved, just like me.

Now, allow wishes for well-being to arise:I wish this person to have the strength, resources, and social support they need to navigate the difficulties in life with ease.
I wish this person to be free from pain and suffering.
I wish this person to be peaceful and happy.
I wish this person to be loved . . . because this person is a fellow human being, just like me.

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