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Please provide a response to the video “Life as a House.”
“Life is a House” can be rented for 2.99 through YouTube, Google Play Store, and Amazon Prime Video.
It can also be rented through Netflix and purchased on iTunes for 3.99.
In his 1998 book A Year to Live, Stephen Levine gave an account of what happened when as an experiment he lived for one year as if it were his last. The results were impressive: He became much more conscious of his states of mind and much more attentive to the bounties of the present moment. This radical spiritual project resulted in an inner transformation, causing him “to sharpen life and soften death.”
Answer the following questions regarding the movie, ‘Life as a House’.Double-spaced Three-page response.
1. BUILDING SOMETHING KNEW-“There is nothing like a serious illness to blow down our fragile houses of sticks and straw” –Kat Duff
What do you learn about George Monroe in the opening sequence of events at his home and at work?What would you say is the symbolic meaning of his project of building a new house?
Talk about a serious illness or setback that has forced you or someone you know to change or reinvent you or them.
2. SMASHING THE MIRROR-“One discovers that destiny can be directed, that one does not have to remain in bondage to the first wax imprint made on childhood sensibilities” Anais Nin
Discus the various ways George’s terrible and painful relationship with his father has impacted his entire life.
What negative experiences from your childhood have you allowed to be important stores still influencing you today?What new stories help you smash the “deforming mirror”?
3. HOMELESS IN THEIR HEARTS- “There are so many young people who are homeless.They may have a building to live in, but they are homeless in their hearts.That is why the most important practice of our time is to give each person a home.Be a home for them.Each of us has to serve as the home for others.”Thich Nhat Hanh
What lies behind Sam’s anger and fear?Describe the person he has made himself into in order to stay isolated from others.In what ways does George become a home for his son?
Do you know any young people who are homeless in their hearts?When have you served as a sanctuary or resting place for others?
4. REALLY BEING WITH THE OTHER PERSON –”Listening means being empty of self-importance and reacting to what we hear with empathy.It requires really being with the other person.” Ayya Khema
What character traits make both George and his son Sam poor listeners?While they are living together they both being to learn more about the spiritual practice of listening.Which scenes in the drama stand out in your mind as instances when someone demonstrates the art of really being with another person?
Which of the following hindrances to deep listening have been a problem for you: your self-importance, your making up stories while someone else is talking, your mental chatter? Or is there another block? Name the last person who impressed you with her or his total attentiveness to what you were saying?
5. TOUCH IS ELEMENTAL-“They’re all gran-hearing and smell and sight and taste, but touch-touch is elemental.There’s no kidding about touch; touch is a biological necessity without which the body as well as the soul falters” Sherry Cohen
Describe your feelings during the scene when a nurturing nurse touches George in a tender way while he lies in a hospital bed.Share your reactions to the hugs George gives to all those helping him build his house.
Touch has been called the oldest sense and the most urgent one by poet and essayist Diane Ackerman.What are your family’s attitudes toward touching, hugging, and kissing?Do you share them?When have you experienced “healing” touch?
6. THINGS THAT MATTER MOST-“The things that matter most in our lives are the moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way.This simple and profound intimacy is the love that we all long for” Jack Kornfield
What draws George and his ex-wife Robin back together in a dance of intimacy?What other characters are yearning for someone to be there for them in an attentive or caring way?
Share an example of a moment when you experience the kind of intimacy Kornfield is talking about
7. DYING WELL –“Dying well means dying for others, making our lives fruitful for those we leave behind” Henri J.M. Nouwen
What unfinished business does George take care of while building his house with his family?Share your reactions to the ways he makes his death fruitful for those he leaves behind.
What do you hope your legacy will be?


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