Category Archives: Life Review & Planning

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain Stephen Levine’s transformative book A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last (Crown, 1997) echoes Twain’s belief about death. Though many of us do everything in our power to avoid the topic of death and dying, Levine has spent his career embracing the subject. In addition to being a counselor for the terminally ill, he has published numerous works on spirituality and dying. With A Year to Live, the … Read more

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The Enneagram – a Tool for Self Understanding


In the quest for discovering your authentic self – that is, the unique way you interact with life – there must be a commitment to “living in the moment.”  This may initially seem like a difficult task, but actually it is our natural state of interacting with the world. Unfortunately, as we develop through life, the distractions of modern culture encourages us to relegate taking the time to understand ourselves to last place on our “To Do” list. The 21st century word for this crowding within our lives is “multitasking.”  But we are creatures of body, mind and soul – … Read more

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On Looking from the Inside Out


The gift of a life threatening illness can be that it causes us to stop and reflect on those parts of ourselves we would rather not examine. Do we need to wait for some major event to happen look at our life in a different way? If we apply our awareness to our self with a gentle and open curiosity, perhaps we can live each day more in tune with the preciousness that abounds both inside and outside of our self. Awareness, forgiveness and acceptance can make all things new! Living from the inside out is illustrated by this poem … Read more

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Meeting Your Authentic Self


If asked, most of us could probably list at least three of our strengths and three things we would like to change about “who we are.” Think carefully about where that information originated. Is it rooted in what others have said throughout your life about your good and not-so-good behavioral characteristics, embedding that in your consciousness as “truth?” Perhaps you have delved deeply within through meditation, therapy, or other practices to identify who you actually are—your “authentic self.” It is important to keep your mind open and curiosity alive when approaching finding out who you truly are. Guard against self-censoring … Read more

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