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Stephen Levine

Datum narození: 17. červenec 1937
Datum úmrtí: 17. leden 2016

Stephen Levine byl americký básník a autor.


„Kdybyste měli co nevidět umřít a mohli jste si ještě naposledy zatelefonovat, komu byste zavolali a co byste mu řekli? Tak na co čekáte!!?“

„[D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. (95)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


„Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful. (79)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„[D]on’t cling to your self-righteous suffering, let it go.... Nothing is too good to be true, let yourself be forgiven. To the degree you insist that you must suffer, you insist on the suffering of others as well. (90)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it. (74)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?“

„If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. (48)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain we, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. (43)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


„[T]hose who insist they've got their 'shit together' are usually standing in it at the time. (16)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion.“

„Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence. (29)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. (24)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last


„I have seen many die, surrounded by loved ones, and their last words were ‘I love you.’ There were some who could no longer speak yet with their eyes and soft smile left behind that same healing message. I have been in rooms where those who were dying made it feel like sacred ground. (26)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die? (88)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„Until we find out who was born this time around, it seems irrelevant to seek earlier identities. I have heard many people speak of who they believe they were in previous incarnations, but they seem to have very little idea of who they are in this one.... Let’s take one life at a time. Perhaps the best way to do that is to live as though there were no afterlife or reincarnation. To live as though this moment was all that was allotted. (132)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

„That which is impermanent attracts compassion. That which is not provides wisdom. (116)“ A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

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