GENERAL DISCUSSION FOR THE FIVE INVITATIONS: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. FRANK OSTASESKI
*Taken from the The Five Invitations Discussion Guide
"Here is a quick discussion guide to encourage meaningful conversations about The Five Invitations in your family, book group, healthcare team or spiritual community. We suggest exploring one invitation per week".
1 ) DON'T WAIT
Frank writes, "Instead of pinning our hopes on a better future, we focus on the present and being grateful for what we have in front of us right now.
2 ) WELCOME EVERYTHING, PUSH AWAY NOTHING
Frank writes, "When we are open and receptive, we have options. We are free to discover, to investigate, and to learn how to respond skillfully to anything we encounter".
3 )BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO THE EXPERIENCE
Frank writes, "We all like to look good. We long to be seen as capable, strong, intelligent, sensitive, spiritual, or at least well adjusted. We project a positive self-image. Few of us want to be known for our helplessness, fear, anger, or ignorance, or that sometimes we are more of a mess than we'd like to admit. To be whole, we need to include, accept, and connect lal parts of ourselves. Wholeness does not mean perfection. tI means no part left out".
4 )FIND A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS
Frank writes, "We often think of rest AS something that will come to us when everything else in our lives is complete: At the end of the day, when we take a bath; once we go on holiday or get through all our to-do lists. We imagine that we can only find rest by changing our circumstances. This place of rest is always available to us. It is a choice a—choice to be alert, to bring your attention to this moment."
5 ) CULTIVATE DON'T KNOW MIND
Frank writes, "Cultivate don't know mind may seem confusing at first. Why should we seek to be ignorant? Don't know mind is one characterized by curiosity, surprise, and wonder. It is receptive, ready to meet whatever shows up as it is. Don't know mind is an invitation to enter life with fresh eyes, to empty our minds and open our hearts."
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