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Levine, formerly a colleague of Ram Dass and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, has worked for almost 20 years with terminally ill people. His meditations, from a Buddhist perspective, touch universal human issues in profound ways that will appeal to people of various religious commitments. More than anything else, he calls his readers to deeper consciousness, more awareness (including awareness of "negative" emotions and of everyday actions, such as eating), and greater compassion and loving kindness both for themselves and for others. This book will be especially useful to those facing chronic pain, addiction, and life-threatening illness or im pending death. Highly recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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"Stephen Levine's writings, work, and presence have been a shining light to me and thousands of others as he pioneered new ways of looking at life and the power that the healing of the mind and heart presents."- Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., Founder and Consultant of the Center for Attitudinal Healing, Tiburon, California
"With consummate skill, Stephen invites us into the intimacy and subtlety of conscious living."- Ram Dass
"Stephen's work is magic. His work with the grieving and dying is amongst the most skillful and compassionate that I am aware of."- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross