In July 2009, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal happily married and the father of two children was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Lee was an internist and medical director of Dean Ornish’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute.
In his book, Enjoy Every Sandwich, Lee navigates his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, with meaning, purpose and peace.
Lee credits his life time practices of meditation, gratitude, prayer and connection with others for allowing him to become more fully alive and fearless in the face of uncertainty and death.
What I enjoyed most about the book was the techniques Dr. Lee used while he was living to make sense of his world while he was alive.
These are only a few gems from Enjoy Every Sandwich that Dr. Lee shares that allow us to embrace our humanity, judge less, and love more as we make sense of our everyday living.
- Make unconditional love a practice. When you become annoyed with someone you love, breathe in, remembering all the good about that person.
· Remember, fun stuff happens every day, life is an adventure, and death is no longer something to fear.
- Find joy in your work. Write down the parts of your days that give you pleasure or excitement. Reflect on what energizes you and the coworkers you love. Increase those aspects of your life.
- Be committed to make a difference, live life on your own terms. Continue to play, create, and love. Make opportunity out of every obstacle.
· You have no control when it comes to the big picture of life. Learn to enjoy it in all of its suffering and pain. This concept is liberating if you can relax and accept it.
My mom passed away last year. I not only had the honor to hold her hand and witnessed it; I spent many days prior by her bedside, soaking in her presence. She was 90 years old and knew her time was near. She told me she had no fear, she had a good life.
In December, hubs and I went to my grandson’s 3rd birthday party. My mom had a close relationship with daughter No.2, Henri’s mom. As we parked the car, I “felt” my mom’s presence like never before. I said to hubs, “Mom is here, she has come for the party.”
I didn’t think any more about it. After the party was over Niki asked if anyone wanted a glass of wine. I noticed the name on the label was, “Seven Daughters.” My mom had 7 daughters and three sons.This book brought back good memories about my mom, death, family, and the meaning of life.
This book will help you embrace life, accept uncertainty, and live with a heart of gratitude and love.
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