5 Spiritual Practices to Prepare For the End of Life

BeliefNet.com By Patt Lind-Kyle MA

In a recent article published by BeliefNet.com, Patt shares how to use your faith to handle your last days through 5 spiritual practices.

In her intimate essay, Patt opens with “Spirit is the force within you that is believed to give your body life, energy, and power. If this vital force gives life to all of us then a spiritual practice would seem to be an important part of your daily life for an existence filled with health, balance and vitality. If that is true for your life now, then how do spiritual practices help you at the end of your life?”
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We begin with forgiveness and then in turn gratitude, appreciation, kindness and compassion. These five spiritual practices will help you to prepare for the end of your life. Each practice is a life-long journey of learning and discovery.  With each practice, Patt offers compelling exercises to open your heart, heal your mind, and embrace a conscious awakening process.

Read  5 Spiritual Practices to Prepare for the End of Life

Patt on Moments with Marianne Pestana on iHeart Radio

I was delighted to be a guest with Marianne Pestana on Moments with Marianne on Monday, November 27th.  Listen to the interview podcast at Moments with Marianne as we discuss my new book Embracing the End of Life.

In a single moment your life can change! “Moments with Marianne” is a transformative hour that covers an endless array of topics with the ‘best of the best.’ Her guest are leaders in their fields, ranging from inspirational authors, top industry leaders, business and spiritual entrepreneurs. Each guest is gifted, and a true visionary! A recognized leader in her own work, and while teaching others to develop, refocus, and grow; Marianne will bring the best guest, and sometimes a special surprise. Don’t miss this – you never know just which ‘moment’ will change your life forever.

Click to listen the podcast OR download the Moments with Marianne app on iTunes & Google Play! from Monday, November 27, 2017.

Learn more about Embracing the End of Life and explore Approaching the End of Life Resources.

MyDirectives.com – online Advance Care Directives

MyDirectivesI recently discovered a very practical tool for preparing a personalized advance care plan online through MyDirectives.com. MyDirectives makes your emergency, critical and advance care desires readily available through your mobile device and computer.  It is free, easy and always available.

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MyDirectives is the first completely digital emergency, critical and advance care planning service that is secure, easy to understand, and free to consumers to use.  MyDirectives and MyDirectives MOBILE are services offered by ADVault, Inc., a privately held U.S. corporation dedicated to ensuring that emergency first responders, doctors, nurses and caregivers always have access to the most important voice in healthcare – yours.

Everything you need for a 21st century emergency medical care plan is in MyDirectives.com’s award-winning Universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD)™.    You can complete it in minutes or take as long as you need to feel confident.  MyDirectives is an online application “app” that helps you create your own emergency, critical and advance care plan for your family and doctors so they can make decisions on your behalf.

MyDirectives makes it easy to create a state-of-the-art emergency, critical and advance care plan. You can answer questions in your own words or pick from a selection of the most common answers. Add your thoughts with as much detail as you wish. You can even add your own video responses.

Mobile app - MyDirectivesThrough MyDirectives and MyDirectives MOBILE, ADVault helps consumers record their medical treatment wishes, preferences regarding palliative and hospice care, organ donation, and autopsy, and other critical personal information both on the device, and in the format, that is most convenient and comfortable for them. MyDirectives then works with personal health record and electronic medical record vendors, as well as healthcare providers and payers, to make all of that information securely available on demand, whenever and wherever needed.

Then when needed, MyDirectives are easy to share.You can share your emergency care plan with anyone at any time. Hospitals that link to MyDirectives can access your care plan when you are admitted.  You can also download the MyDirectives MOBILE™ app to add your own video statement to your profile.

Click to Learn How MyDirectives Works.

 

Spirituality Today – Book of the Month

Spirituality Today has designated Embracing the End of Life as Book of the Month for October 2017!

However you look at it Embracing the End of Life is a remarkable perspective on the dying process, and from all angles. Its spiritual perspective adds greatly to the sheer practicalities of the decaying of the physical body and its clear spiritual undercurrent whilst managing to avoid touching upon the thorny issue of religion. Having said that the writing in this work does lean towards Eastern philosophies at time but this is probably somewhat rather inevitable given their more mature and supportive perspective on death.  This includes a strong emphasis on meditation as an important exercise throughout life and a brief look at the Enneagram.

Throughout its pages Embracing the End of Life offers a good balance between commentary, exercises, advice and guidance. It is a well-constructed publication and written with a sympathetic but non-condescending style. I would heartedly recommend it to anyone contemplating the final stages in their life but feel it will be of immense value to those who are trying to aid them through that transition.

Death is, from our physical perspective, the final journey we make. Confronting the issues imposed by the final days of our lives is the greatest of all challenges. 

Sadly, we do not live in a society that adequately prepares us for that last great leap into the unknown. Someone who is keenly aware of that fact is Patt Lind-Kyle; an author, teacher, therapist, speaker and consultant who’s book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award and Best Book Award from USA Today News. In her nook Embracing the End of Life she tackles that same thorny issue of dying and offers some practical advice for those making the final steps into death.

Read the full review at Our Review of Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

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In The Parlor – The Final Goodbye

A documentary film examining the growing trend of families caring for their loved ones after death.

In the last few days, I viewed this very important film that is now being shown in theaters and film festivals around the country. I was moved and inspired by viewing In The Parlor and the alternative approach to death and death care it presents.

In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye takes a critical look at the American relationship with death and an inquiry into the home death care movement. The film takes viewers on a journey where very few have gone, and challenges us to reflect on this uncomfortable subject, which so often is hidden away and ignored.  Rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals to care for the deceased, families in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye are taking an active role in caring for relatives who have died.

Click  to view trailer on In The Parlor website.
Written, Produced, and Directed by Heidi Boucher
Co-Produced and Directed by Ruby Sketchley

You can purchase a DVD/Blu-Ray or  watch for In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye in a theater near you.

See Approaching End of Life Resources for additional End of Life related resources.

Enneagram Institute Embracing the End of Life review

From The Enneagram Institute® Newsletter, October 2017

The Enneagram Institute® students offer amazing and innovative work in a variety of fields and practices around the world. This month, we highlight author and thought leader Patt Lind-Kyle, who recently published Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening to critical acclaim. Brian Taylor offers the following book review:

“The study of death – the only certainty that life holds for us – must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.”  This seemingly paradoxical quote, from Dr. Stanislav Grof, is cited by Enneagram Institute student Patt Lind-Kyle in her latest book, Embracing the End of Life:  A Journey into Dying and Awakening (Llewellyn Publications, 2017).  It also encapsulates the fundamental two-fold approach that Patt employs in her overall structure of this book.   The first part is a moving contemplation on preparation for the inevitability of death that each of us will ultimately face. The second addresses the inner journey that we must pursue in our day-to-day lives to overcome resistance to the inescapable reality, and perhaps constant nearness, of our own death – an encouraging reminder to strive to live our lives now with mindfulness and awakeness.

In a thoughtful, warm, and non-threatening voice, Patt gently invites the reader to address the natural feelings – conscious or unconscious – of fear, pain, and separation that many of us may associate with the process of dying – the loss of all that is precious to us during our lives. Through a series of tender and compassionate exercises, practices, and meditations, Patt provides suggestions for reflection about death, suffering, and the meaning each of us searches for in life. The stages of the journey she shares, in many ways, reflects the process of true spiritual growth: acknowledging the constrictions and restraints we have that accompany our resistance to reality, enabling us to learn to let go, and, ultimately, to release and transcend those fears and restraints. As Patt puts it, “to surrender your physical life is to let go of the constricted self, this personality identity that you’ve created and lived with all your life.” It’s the path to the ultimate “letting go”. As Don used to say to me, the process of life is a gradual and necessary release of everything we possess, and, ultimately, of all that we think we are and an acceptance of all that we actually are.

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My newest book Embracing the End of Life incorporates the fundamental principles of the Enneagram and the Enneagram Institute. I extend my deepest appreciation to Brian Taylor and the Enneagram Team for the gracious review of Embracing the End of Life in their October 2017 Newsletter.

Conversations with Michael Stone

Patt on Conversations with Michael Stone

On Conversations with Michael Stone, Patt and Michael shared an intimate, in depth conversation about life and the continuum of death and dying.  Focusing on Patt’s recently released book Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening, Michael and Patt explore the awakening impact of facing personal and societal fears of death and embracing a conscious dying process.  Listen as Patt shares her own personal story of confronting death and the freedom that emerged through that process.

Click the arrow icon to listen to their hour long Conversation.

About Conversations with Michael Stone

Conversations with Michael StoneA leading edge thinker and award winning journalist, Michael Stone reaches out to a global network engaging in transformative Conversations.  For over a decade, Michael has been interviewing renowned experts and leading edge thinkers in the area of Environmental Restoration, Social Justice, Conscious Evolution and Spiritual Fulfillment. Michael and his guests are raising conscious on our planet with the intent to inform, inspire and activate a new story of peace, equality and right action towards all life. Learn more and view archived Conversations at AreWeListening.net. Listen to Conversations each Tuesday at 1PM Pacific Time via Live Stream on KVMR 89.5 FM Radio Nevada City.

As a noted trainer, Michael offers a series of Embodied Shamanism Workshops in which participants experience the power and practices of the world’s oldest spiritual healing tradition.

Michael is also publishes the Well of Light newsletter, The Well of Light offers inspiring, insightful and action-orientated programs that support the great evolutionary unfolding towards a world that is characterized by harmony and respect for all life, humanity and nature. Michael’s underlying premise is that true societal and global change will arise from inner transformation.

Conversations with Michael Stone

Patt Lind-Kyle on Conversations with Michael Stone Sept 12

Join Patt Lind-Kyle on Conversations with Michael Stone on KVMR 89.5 FM Radio, Tuesday Sept 12 at 1:00pm PDT.

In an engaging conversation, Patt and Michael will explore Patt’s just released book Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening.

Conversations, hosted by Michael Stone, brings you leading edge thinkers in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Social Justice and Spiritual Fulfillment. “We look for positive solutions to local and global issues that leave you touched, moved and inspired to action. Our weekly guests include local and global experts and concerned citizens working together to heal the wounds that separate, alienate and marginalize people…” ~ Michael Stone

Conversations with Michael Stone - Patt Lind-Kyle Embracing the End of LifeListen live at http://www.kvmr.org/player

Learn more about Conversations at http://www.arewelistening.net/

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Embracing the End of Life Book Release Celebration

Dear friends, family and colleagues,

The “official” release of my newest book is Friday September 8, 2017.   If you are in Northern California or traveling in, I want to extend a heartfelt personal invitation to my Embracing the End of Life Book Release and Signing Celebration.  The celebration will be held from 5:30-7:00pm at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.  The public is invited. I will speak and demonstrate practices from the book.

This book is a work of love born out of my own personal experience of confronting death.  Researching our culture’s approach to death and dying and moving beyond my own fears is, and has been, an awakening process for me.  My deepest hope is that Embracing the End of Life, A Journey into Dying and Awakening will support you and your loved ones in redefining your relationship with death and dying such that you too experience the freedom to live this life more fully now.

Let me share what others are saying:

“Patt Lind-Kyle’s book, Embracing the End of Life, is perhaps the most important book about death and dying present today. It provides a map of the emotional, spiritual and pragmatic issues that can help us normalize this most important passage so that we can live our lives with more emotional intelligence, kindness, awareness and love.” ~ Gary Malkin, Seven-time Emmy award-winning Composer and Co-author of Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and Founder of WisdomoftheWorld.com.

Grass Valley’s own Rev. Jerry Farrell, Unity Minister and former Hospice Chaplain says:

“Patt Lind-Kyle gently takes our hand and walks us consciously through the death and dying process. In doing so she is a handmaiden to help us discover our true Self, and we learn that we are already the light into which we continue our journey.”

From the Foreword by Karen Wyatt

Embracing the End of Life offers a beautiful gift for those who follow its recommended exercises: the opportunity to become enlightened about death long before this wisdom is needed. Transcending the fear of death in this way allows much more room for creativity, joy, and the freedom to finally live in a fully awakened state. Patt Lind-Kyle writes, “Death is one of the most precious experiences you will ever have in this life.” It turns out, her book informs us, that death is actually the key to life—and there is no more important lesson for us to learn.

As a guidebook for the journey from birth to death, Embracing the End of Life serves as a wise companion for those who dare to live deeply into the mysteries of life and death, with eyes wide open and mind fully centered in the present moment. This innovative and comprehensive book has the power to change the perception of death for the individual reader and for society as a whole as we confront the most fundamental question of our humanity: “How do we live while knowing we will die?” Read this book now to transform how you live for the rest of your days, and then keep it on your bookshelf as a resource to consult over and over again on your own “journey into dying and awakening.” — Karen Wyatt, MD, author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

For more insights on what others are saying visit Embracing the End of Life endorsements.

Those of you in the Nevada County and Sacramento region please come to the celebration. I will talk a bit about the book and do a signing. Look forward to seeing on September 8th!

Patt

An Important Tool for Living and Dying

I have discovered a tool that increases my vitality as well as prepares me for death. It is a tool that has reduced my stress, increased my happiness, lets me sleep deeper, lowers blood pressure, reduces pain, improves my brain function, builds my immune system, halts anxiety and ultimately prepares me for death. If you have already used this tool, then you will know why I praise it so highly.

This tool is meditation. Meditation is an important practice for your personal tool box. It is a gift for you in this day of growing stress and tension that affects us on so many levels. Imagine what a daily meditation practice could do for your busy life? Meditation can reduce the body/mind/emotional tightness from stress and anxiety that sometimes makes your life difficult when you get stuck by the issues and concerns you face. This stress may be from your daily experience of too much traffic, hearing the negative news, complex family situations, meeting the needs of children, challenging activities at work, texting, phone conversations, computer time and much more.  All of this creates a level of tension that builds up day after day.

Patt Lind-Kyle, author, teacher, consultant - tools for meditation

A daily meditation practice interrupts this building up of tension.  Meditation reduces anxiety, stress, or pain that can create your high blood pressure, emotional distress and mental negativity. One of the most important things that meditation provides is a means to train your mind how to let go of your stress and relax your inner tension.

What most people do not realize is that a meditation practice also prepares you for the dying process. To be truthful, meditation is a type of dying. Meditation guides you to release tension as you die and meditation guides you to release your life.

If you have not had some form of a regular meditation practice it will be difficult for your mind to let go during the last stages of your dying process. In fact, you will want to desperately hang on to live and fight against the most natural process we all will experience. Many of us in this state of resistance will try any and all medical technology to keep us alive. The value of a meditation practice trains you to release and let go.

The fruit of meditation allows you to move into open space; a place that everyone has underneath all your tension. Meditation opens you into a boundary-less state of knowing that you are free. In this knowing there is freedom within. We look everywhere for this freedom, but you already have what you have been searching for inside you. You have the connection of calm, peace and inner presence. All the answers are inside you and once you have found them you have the ability to express this freedom and joy in everyday life. With this freedom you are now prepared to die in peace.

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Tool for meditation - Click to order meditation CDs

Click to order meditation CDs

If you don’t have a meditation practice or you want to explore another form of meditation with my recent book, Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain. It teaches you how to meditate the way your brain works. Along with the book I created a two set CD (along with downloads) that guides you into your own brain states using binaural beats, music and guided direction. If you have difficulty sleeping many people use the section of delta meditation to go into deep sleep. If you are interested please go to my website for more information and how to order the book and CDs.

On September 8th my new book, Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening, will be published. For those in the Nevada County region of California, you are invited to a publishing event with a talk and book signing  at Esterly Hall in Grass Valley. The venue is downstairs in the Nevada County Board of REALTORs  office off  Whispering Pines at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945. The event is from 5:30 to 7pm. Please come and be part of the celebration.