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Steven and Ondrea Levine: Pioneers of Dying With Dignity

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inquiry & integration

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Inquiry: How do you envision being most supported when you die? What specific attitudes, practices or energy do you want around you?

Personal Integration: This practice can be done alone or with a friend, lover, or counselor. Take one to five minutes or longer to contemplate and answer the question. When done with another, it is essential that the listener remains neutral and encourages you by repeating this inquiry as needed to help maintain focus.  See if you can have the courage and foresight as to how to best be taken care of.  Are you someone who wants empathy, lightness, space, prayer, meditation, humor, silence, tenderness, music, nature, compassion, rituals, deep conversation, privacy…what nourishes you?.  Let yourself explore what is the way that most supports your inner peace, and have the courage not to follow anyone else’s model.
Inquiry 2:  Can you imagine a merciful awareness around you when you are dying?  Visualize the people who could best bring this quality to you, and include people throughout history so you can let yourself feel what it is that you need.
Personal Integration 2: Follow the same instructions as above in the monologue or repeating question format.  What is your model for compassion being around you?  Who are your spiritual or compassionate heroes.  Recognize that by being aware of how you want to be supported when you die is likely to help you both at that time and also while you are alive.  Breathe in a rhythmic way as you ask yourself, “What would touch my heart.” What would really allow me to feel loved in the deepest way imaginable?
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